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NBA Power Rankings, Week 3: The Knicks Are Falling

The New York Knicks have been struggling on the court lately, and that is reflected in this week's SB Nation Week 3 NBA Power Rankings. The Knicks have fallen from No. 6 in the Eastern Conference rankings all the way to No. 12.

That, friends, is a what a 3-7 record and a five-game losing streak will do for you.

Here is what our friends at the mothership said about the Knicks:

Don't look now, but the Knicks have fallen hard. They're on a five game losing streak against average opponents, and they don't look like they're going to make the playoffs anytime soon. They're really missing Ronny Turiaf, who provided much needed defense down low and all-around hustle for the team. They're also shooting in volumes, but are unable to hit much of anything.

In all honesty, this team has a bunch of average players plus Amare Stoudemire. The Mike D'Antoni offense makes them look good, but I don't see any of the other guys starting on a playoff roster. They have time to turn it around, but it's not looking good right now.

The New Jersey Nets have apparently lost out in the Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes, and they are losing out in the rankings as well. The Nets fell from 10th to 12th in this week's Eastern Conference rankings.

Here is what SB Nation had to say about the Nets:

The Nets actually looked pretty good this week. If a few things had gone differently, the team might have won all three of their games. But I wouldn't expect this kind of success to last. They played the Cavaliers twice and a skidding Magic team. Devin Harris and Brook Lopez are good players, but neither are playing at an All-Star level, and everyone else on the team is either a odd role player or cast-off from another team. There's still a long way to go if they want to contend in the East.

Both of these teams were optimistic when the season started. Neither, though, has been very good.