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Brooklyn Nets can't break out of the bottom five in Power Rankings

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Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets have won two straight for the first time since early December and now has five wins in their last nine games. Their three point shooting is top five since Tony Brown sped up the tempo. All this without Jarrett Jack, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and now Joe Johnson.  But alas, none of that is good enough to get the Nets out of the Bottom 5. Only one power ranker, Tim Bontemps, has them outside the lower circle.  He has them at No. 23.

What will they need?  Marc Stein, who dropped them one place this week, says it best. The Nets STILL "rank in the bottom five in both offensive and defensive efficiency."  Ugh.  One piece of minimal good news: The Knicks are falling into Nets territory.

John Schuhmann, (27)

The Nets have won two straight games and held two straight opponents under a point per possession for the first time since Lionel Hollins was fired. They have been a top-five 3-point shooting team since Tony Brown took over and have kept things going in that regard, despite the departure of Joe Johnson. Bojan Bodganovic stepped into the starting lineup and hit five of his 12 threes in Phoenix and Utah.

Marc Stein, ESPN (27)

The first step to getting out of our bottom five for the Nets, if that can still be classified as an important goal this season for Mikhail Prokhorov & Co., is getting themselves off the following list: Brooklyn joins Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams on the NBA map at present that rank in the bottom five in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

Matt Moore, CBS Sports (27)

Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson are all gone. Left Behind: The Brook Lopez story.

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (27)

Break up the Nets, they have won two games in a row. Bojan Bodganovic is starting in place of Joe Johnson and is trying to show other teams he can knock down threes (which has been a good thing for the lowly Nets offense).

Tim Bontemps, Washington Post (23)

Out goes Joe Johnson and in comes Sean Kilpatrick, who deserves a hard look after averaging 26.4 points per game in the D-League with Delaware. You may remember him from his days at Cincinnati, and now he’s probably the best guard in New York City signed to a 10-day contract, if you catch my drift.

Brooklyn is 2-0 since buying out Joe Johnson last week.

Three nominations and no wins. Nothing for Saoirse Ronan. Nothing for Nick Hornby. Nothing for the producers who allowed this dream to become reality. I guess we'll have to wait for the sequel.