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Power Rankings: Back Near Bottom

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As the Nets closed out the 2009-10 season, winning 5 of their last 12, power ranking pundits had mercy on them and moved them all the way up to #28. Well, they're back there. Marc Stein ranks them as the third worst team in the NBA, ahead of only the Wizards and the Cavaliers. John Schuhmann puts them one place do stats guys John Hollinger and Jeff Sagarin.

"Not only have the Nets regressed defensively (112.3 points per 100 possessions allowed in their five-game losing streak), but their offense may have reached a new low in scoring just 33 second-half points against one of the worst defenses in the league," writes Schuhmann.

And Stein finds a saving grace, odd as it is. "New Jersey's three Ls by 15 points or more since Dec. 21 don't lead the league in that span. Not when the Lakers (wow) have four."