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NBA: Sacramento Kings at Brooklyn Nets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Fickle, these power rankings pundits are. A few losses, a few injuries (and maybe some historically bad defense), and the Nets are the bottom once again. No one has them higher than No. 26, and three of the more respected pundits have them below the Dallas Mavericks at No. 30.

Better luck next week.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com (29)

"They are who we thought they were." - Dennis Green

After a somewhat surprising 4-5 start, the Nets have lost seven straight games by an average of 19.3 points, allowing a brutal 118 points per 100 possessions. Sunday's loss to the Kings was the eighth time the Nets have lost the third quarter by double-digits and the only game in which they've won the third was the one they played against the similarly awful-in-the-third Timberwolves. The pace they're playing at has been much better for their opponents, who have averaged 16.7 fast break points over the losing streak.

Marc Stein, ESPN (30)

Third-quarter issues are not exclusive to Minnesota. It's become a thing for the Nets as well, intertwined with the overall defensive struggles that have led to rout after rout since the 4-5 start that made them mid-November darlings. The reality is that 4-12 is still probably a better record for first-year coach Kenny Atkinson than most of us know-it-alls would have expected at this point, but these guys are getting harder and harder to watch since they can't stop, well, anyone.

Matt Moore, CBS Sports (30)

The Nets have been outscored by 135 points over their last seven games. So much for them being "pesky."

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (30)

Losers of seven in a row, and it’s not just the losses but how bad they are — by an average of more than 19 points a game. The combination of an absolutely terrible defense and no Jeremy Lin to create some unlikely offense has this team both losing and being almost unwatchable.

Jeremy Woo, sports Illustrated (29)

I went to the Barclays Center yesterday and can confirm that the Nets are… back to being the Nets. That’s seven losses in a row.

Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders (26)

Losers of five straight, it would appear that the free-fall that many had predicted for the Nets is upon us. The 23 points that Sean Kilpatrick dropped off the bench in Wednesday’s 111-92 home loss to the Celtics gives renewed hope for his potential, but energy and effort, it appears, can only take you so far.

Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report (29)

Nobody has been worse since our last ranking than the Brooklyn Nets, losers of five straight.

Struggling to score without a healthy Jeremy Lin running the point, the Nets have a far bigger problem than the lack of a floor leader: They're playing historically bad defense. They put up their "best" defensive performance all week by giving up 111 points to the Boston Celtics Wednesday.

According to Basketball-Reference.com, Brooklyn became the first team since 2010 to allow at least 120 points during four straight games.

AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA Today (28)

The Nets are on a seven-game losing streak and have the league's third-worst point differential (-8.6)