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NBA power rankings 2012: Pistons out of the cellar, in at No. 27

The Detroit Pistons have won two of their last three games, moving them out of the last spot and into No. 27 in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings.

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The Detroit Pistons moved out of the cellar and into the No. 27 slot in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings.

After starting the season 0-7, the Pistons got off the schneid with a 94-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, then won again four days later against the Boston Celtics to move to 2-8 on the season.

Greg Monroe has been a monster in the two Detroit victories, with a stat line of 19 points and 18 rebounds against Philadelphia and 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Celtics.

Seth Rosenthal writes that the Pistons should find encouragement in their recent hot streak:

Hey now, Pistons! Look at these fancypants winning two of their last three! Very well could've been three in a row, too, if it weren't for those meddling Magic. Meanwhile, Lawrence Frank has yet to get rowdy and promote Andre Drummond into his starting lineup. It's like he's not even reading my letters.

The Pistons face the Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks this upcoming week.

The 8-1 Memphis Grizzlies own the top of the rankings after sweeping their four game schedule last week, including double-digit wins against the Thunder, Heat and Knicks. They carry an eight-game win streak into their Monday night contest with the Denver Nuggets.

For complete NBA power rankings, click here.