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25. Detroit Pistons (Last week: 26)
The Pistons were on their way to dropping into 30th on this list before winning their last two games. One was not impressive, a win over the Bobcats, but the other was. On Sunday, they defeated the previously 4-1 Warriors to move up a spot this week.They trailed in the game against Golden State by three heading into the fourth quarter before winning 102-97.
Things will get tougher now for Detroit, as they head on a four-game West coast trip, and face the Lakers on their first game back. We'll see how they fare against better competition.
24. Philadelphia 76ers (Last week: 24)
The last couple of games for the 'Sixers have been a roller coaster. Against the Cavaliers at home, they allowed 44 fourth quarter points in a 123-116 loss. On Sunday, they trailed the Knicks' on the road by nine in the third quarter and won the game 106-96. They won that game against New York without their star player Andre Iguodala.
There's still a lot of work to be done with Doug Collins' bunch. The 76ers are a younger team that have talented players, and it showed at the Garden. Still, the Knicks aren't great competition, and now the Sixers will have three straight tough road games coming up.
23. Washington Wizards (Last week: 23)
At 1-4 so far, the Wizards don't look like a team ready to win. Rookie sensation John Wall has lived up to the hype through five games, averaging nearly a double-double, but the team isn't flowing solidly.
They're last in the league in rebounding, and have lost a lot of games in the second half. They stayed with the Knicks on Friday for a while, and at the end got blown out. There's talent on the roster and Gilbert Arenas is making his comeback, but it'll take some time for this team to win together.
22. Milwaukee Bucks (Last week: 13)
This is really surprising and quite disappointing. I predicted that the Bucks would win almost 50 games this season coming off a playoff season with a couple of stars. So far, it's been heading south as Milwaukee is 2-5 to start.
The reason isn't because of bad defense as they're fifth in the league in that category. The offense has been terrible. The Bucks are dead last in the league in scoring, averaging less than 90 points per game. Brandon Jennings has taken a step back and their leading scorer, Andrew Bogut, is averaging less than 15 points. If the offense doesn't come together, it'll be a disastrous season.
21. New Jersey Nets (Last week: 21)
Remember when the Nets started the season 2-0 and everyone was going nuts? Well, at least they were in the New York/New Jersey area. Since then, they haven't won a game. The losing streak is up to four for the Nets as they're 2-4 and just like last season, this team doesn't have what it takes.
Everyone made a big deal about the new head coach Avery Johnson, and the third overall draft pick Derrick Favors, but they forgot something. The core of the team didn't improve. Brook Lopez and Devin Harris didn't get it done alone last season and won't again this season.