The Brooklyn Nets solid stretch earned them their first rise in ESPN’s power rankings in 13 weeks.
Current Ranking: 28
Ranking Last Week: 30 (up two spots)
Nets fans, rejoice – the streak is FINALLY over.
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For the first time in 13 weeks, the Nets are no longer ranked dead-last in Marc Stein’s weekly power rankings. They bumped up not only one spot, but two.
While 28th out of 30 certainly doesn’t call for any celebration, it is much better than being locked at the bottom. Quite frankly, though, the Nets deserve it.
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They have four wins and counting in March. To put that in perspective, they had five wins in December, January and February combined.
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Stein doesn’t mention anything about ending the Nets’ last-place streak – instead he directs the majority of his analysis towards Jeremy Lin. He questions whether or not Lin can stay healthy on his “sprained ankle” for the conclusion of the season. Further, he notes that Lin’s numbers would be satisfactory had he played all season long.
Regardless, the Nets are not last, and the team is officially out of the hypothetical rock-bottom.
With the slight bump, the Nets jumped the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers in the rankings, with LA sitting in the oh-so-coveted 30th slot.
The Grizzlies were in the top 10 of the rankings for much of the season, but dropped all the way down to #19 last week. One week later, and they are right back where they started, as they confidently ride a four-game winning-streak.
Big Losers: Atlanta Hawks (down five spots)
On the flip side, the Hawks are on a three-game losing-streak, and injuries to Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore haven’t helped much, either. The Hawks will need to figure things out quickly as the playoffs are quickly approaching.