NBA Power Rankings, Week 7: Nets slide back to No. 8

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A four-game losing streak dropped the Brooklyn Nets three spots in the latest SB Nation Power Rankings. Brooklyn fell from No. 5 to No. 8 ahead of a New York rivalry game against the Knicks on Tuesday night.

The Brooklyn Nets are amid a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season thus far. Despite losing all three games this week, to Oklahoma City, Golden State and Milwaukee, the Nets only fell three spots in the latest SB Nation power rankings.

After moving all the way up to No. 5 last week, Brooklyn took a slight step back in the rankings to No. 8. SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal wrote this about Brooklyn in his newest rankings:

It's hard to drop the Nets too low for floundering -- and badly -- without Brook Lopez, their offensive rock. Then again, it's a bit alarming that their offense has been so ineffective without Lopez and the backcourt unable to compensate for his absence. Meanwhile, is Kris Humphries' benching in favor or Reggie Evans a long-term thing? Guys?

Lopez has not played in the Nets' last five games because of a foot injury. So far this season, the center is averaging 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The Nets are now 11-8 on the season with a New York rivalry game coming up. The Nets will host the Knicks on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.

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