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Power Rankings: Moving on up

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Just a little bit.

As Jeremy Woo of SI wrote, last week may have been the Nets best week of the season, winning two out of three and having Brook Lopez named EC Player of the Week. But as Charles Dickens wrote, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times" with Jarrett Jack going down.

Most of the power ranking pundits move the Nets up a place or two, based on the wins over the Heat and Celtics. Marc Stein even has them out of the bottom five!!  Meanwhile, Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie keeps using "most interesting" as its guiding principle in ranking teams. One more week of that and they go to the Power Rankings kid table.

Here ya go...

John Schuhmann, (27)

The Nets almost won three road games against teams over .500 last week, but had another bad collapse in Orlando on Wednesday. That was their league-leading ninth loss in games they've led by 10 or more points. Behind some big games from Brook Lopez, their offense has shown some improvement, but will likely suffer with the loss of Jarrett Jack, who tore his ACL. The league's worst point guard rotation just got worse.

Marc Stein, ESPN (25)

For a 10-win team widely considered to be in the same tier as the Lakers and Sixers, Brooklyn sure has managed to spring some surprises, starting with that season sweep of Houston, but also including a near-win at Golden State, as well as, of more recent vintage, Saturday's surprising success in Boston to set up an interesting rematch Monday at home.

Matt Moore, CBS Sports (28)

Their two victories over Boston were the equivalent of that guy in Office Space burning the building down. Yes, their lives are miserable and they have nothing to play for, but they're going to make the Celtics pay for it with every win that pushes the pick they owe Boston back further.

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (26)

Quality win over Boston this weekend, but Brooklyn has had flashes of good play throughout the season. However, consistency — even within games, where they blow leads faster than any team in the league — remains the issue.

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (26)

Wins over Boston and Miami would have made this arguably Brooklyn’s best week of the season. Then Jarrett Jack went down for the year, leaving a burning swath and Shane Larkin at point guard.

Tim Bontemps, Washington Post (27)

Best wishes to Jarrett Jack — one of the nicest guys in the NBA — in his recovery from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Saturday in Boston.

Adi Joseph, USA Today (27)

Jarrett Jack injury deals them a devastating blow

Dan Devine, Yahoo! Sports (30)

I have lots of respect for the hard work and productivity of Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. Ex-D-Leaguer Willie Reed's been a fun burst of rebounding/shot-blocking/finishing energy. Shane Larkin has been better than expected. It's just hard to care about a team whose present feels meaningless given the past failings that have resulted in a strip-mined future. Get well soon, Chris McCullough, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and, now, regrettably, Jarrett Jack.