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2012 NBA power rankings: Nets fall in the polls

A weekly update of where the Brooklyn Nets stand in power ranking polls.

What goes up, must come down. At least, that's the case with the Nets in this week's power rankings.
What goes up, must come down. At least, that's the case with the Nets in this week's power rankings.
Bruce Bennett

The Brooklyn Nets have dropped in the power ranking polls this week, according to the rankings at SB Nation, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com and NBA.com.

Currently sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division, the Nets have struggled as of late and are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks last week (all of which came at home), the majority of the polls moved the Nets down in their rankings.

At SB Nation, curator Seth Rosenthal dropped the team three spots from last week's ranking to No. 8 overall. Rosenthal does make note of Brook Lopez's absence as a rationale for the team's struggles. However, he is concerned at their drastic drop in production:

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?

At CBSSports.com, the Nets were dropped three spots to No. 9 overall, while Marc Stein moved the team down four spots to No. 10 overall at ESPN.com. John Schuhmann at NBA.com placed the Nets five spots lower than last week at No. 10.