That would be the combination of Devin Harris and DEE-Fense. As John Schuhmann and Marc Stein point out, if the Nets are going to win anything, they're will have to rely on both unless of course they get a Christmas present from Denver.
The Nets won two games this week, so they moved up a little, or at least didn't fade. Stein moves them up three places to #24, Schuhmann moves them up one, also to #24. John Hollinger keeps them at #25. How important is Harris to the Nets? Stein respondes, "New Jersey is 7-1 when Harris scores at least 21 ... and 1-19 when he doesn't."
- Christmas matchups could shake up the rankings - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Power Rankings: Unwrapping a New No. 1 - Marc Stein - ESPN
2009-2010 Hollinger Power Rankings - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider