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Defense Keys Rise in Power Rankings

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The Nets won three of their four games last week, all comfortably, and all with defense before losing in Orlando without Vince Carter. Those that rank the NBA every Monday took notice., and USA Today all have the Nets up to No. 17, while ESPN has them at 18. ESPN's Marc Stein and SI's Paul Forrester are anxious to see what Rod Thorn does at the trading deadline.