Last week, we found a dozen power rankers, but this week, not so many. Still, what we learned is that the Celtics 121-105 blowout counted more in pundits' eyes than the win over the Pistons. Not surprising. Only two power ranking, Matt Moore's at CBS Sports and Kurt Helin's at NBC Sports, were higher than last week's. Two of the rankings, Helin's and Fred Kerber's, were posted after the Nets win over the Thunder. They had them at No. 15.
Helin had the quote of the week, noting the relatively easy schedule facing the Nets: "Showdown with the Knicks this week but very winnable games on the schedule to get them off to a fast start."
John Schuhmann, NBA.com 18 (-2)
Lionel Hollins aimed to put more movement in the Nets' offense, but when Joe Johnson starting cooking in Detroit on Saturday, Hollins did what every one of Johnson's coaches has done in the past. He got the ball right to Joe Jesus, who dropped 34 on the Pistons. The Nets get their first win and good news regarding Brook Lopez, who is set to play Monday.
Marc Stein, ESPN, 21 (-2)
Brook Lopez is poised to make his long-awaited return Monday night. And Mikhail Prokhorov is coming to town. Throw in the flashes of bounce-back we've seen from Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett and there's almost enough here to get us to gloss over the Boston debacle. Almost.
Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports, 19 (-1)
Kevin Garnett looked like his old self – but not old – with 18 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Detroit on Saturday.
Drew Garrison, SB Nation, 21 (-3)
Brooklyn had a light schedule, but Joe Johnson put in work against the Pistons, dropping 34 points. He's averaging a team-high 26.5 points while shooting 50 percent. Brook Lopez is back in the Nets' lineup Monday, where he should make an immediate impact.
It’s fun to watch owner Mikhail Prokhorov take shots at Jason Kidd, but what really matters is they got Brook Lopez back in the rotation Monday in the win over OKC. Showdown with the Knicks this week but very winnable games on the schedule to get them off to a fast start.
Matt Moore, CBS Sports, 17 (+1)
That Boston loss may have been a simple "ha ha, opening night craziness!" game. But getting destroyed by the Celtics just isn't going to keep you very high.
Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated, 19 (-1)
Kevin Garnett (18 points, 14 rebounds) played 35 minutes in a victory over Detroit, a total he reached only once in 54 games last season. The frontcourt gets a boost this week with the return of Brook Lopez, who missed the first two games because of a sprained right foot.
Nets won at Detroit, at home against team alleged to be the Thunder. Opening disaster in Boston could be connected to preseason China trip. Reports of Lionel Hollins tackling CEO Brett Yormark, who sees marvelous marketing chance in Antarctica.