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2012 NBA power rankings: Heat fall after 1-2 week

After losing to Washington and New York last week, Miami took a bit of a tumble in the latest power rankings around the Internet.


Last week wasn't the best week for the Miami Heat. LeBron James and the superfriends lost to the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks, but did, at least, beat the New Orleans Hornets.

As you'd expect, the Heat took a bit of a tumble in power rankings around the Internet this week.

ESPN dropped the Heat down three spots, from No. 3 last week to No. 6 this week. ESPN, like many other media outlets, note the Heat's poor defense. Miami still ranks 22nd in the league in points allowed, and 29th in the league in rebounds -- figures that will have to improve if the Heat are going to repeat as NBA champions.

CBS Sports previously had the Heat ranked No. 1, but after last week, the Heat fell to No. 4. CBS Sports' tone is a bit more positive than ESPN's, however, as Matt Moore notes that if Miami's loss to the Knicks "lit a fire under Miami," then it'll be trouble for the rest of the league.

Here at SB Nation, Seth Rosenthal dropped the Heat down from No. 4 last week to No. 6 this week. Even with the defense switched "off," Rosenthal notes, the Heat are still 13-5 -- and that's not too shabby.

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