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ESPN, NBA, SI Power Rankings Put Nets in Middle of the Pack

The first power rankings of the new season put the Nets right smack in the middle of the pack, #18 in Marc Stein's ESPN rankings, #16 in John Schuhmann's NBA.com rankings and #13 in Marty Burns' Sports Illustrated's rankings. All compliment the Nets' two wins, but two take notice of the 37-point blowout by the Raptors. "It ain't so easy to be philosophical about a 37-point home loss so early," writes Stein. Adds Schuhmann: "That's inconsistency. And that's exactly how the Nets played last year."