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The Pistons recent streak of average basketball came to an end last week, as Detroit lost all four games and fell to No. 25 in the power rankings.
The Pistons, who had been playing .500 basketball since starting 0-8, reverted back to their old, failing ways, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers to cap off a winless week.
Rosenthal writes that although the Pistons can't find their way into the win column, they can take solace in the emergence of Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and a strong backcourt.
They're not winning games or anything, but I've enjoyed watching the Pistons backcourt operate at a much higher level. I know I mentioned this last week, but Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey have been consistently solid after starting the season so, so badly.
Over the last five games, Knight is averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists, and Stuckey is averaging 16.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
On the other side of the power rankings, the Oklahoma City Thunder now own the top spot, replacing the San Antonio Spurs after a 2-0 week. The Spurs, who beat the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics, but lost to the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers last week, dropped to No. 3. The New York Knicks stay at No. 2, while the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat round out the top five.
The entire NBA power rankings can be seen here.