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NBA power rankings roundup: Kings plummet in three polls

According to some national NBA power rankings, the Kings, without forward DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, are in a world of hurt. ... Cousins, sidelined by a back strain, looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
According to some national NBA power rankings, the Kings, without forward DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, are in a world of hurt. ... Cousins, sidelined by a back strain, looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Three losses in four games last week didn’t do the Kings any favors among the national power rankings of NBA teams. The Kings dropped four spots in two polls and two spots in another. The league’s official website must have observed something positive in those games because it moved the Kings up a spot to 23rd.

The smart money says the Kings’ coughed-up 22-point second-half lead and subsequent overtime loss at Charlotte was a tough one for the pollsters to ignore.

The Kings rose from 26th to 23rd in the weekly rankings by The Bee’s Jason Jones.

The polls:

NBA.com: 23rd, up from 24th. From the site: “Via a combination of (DeMarcus) Cousins' injuries (and suspension) and the inconsistency of George Karl's rotation, no Kings lineup has played more than 38 minutes together.”

NBC Sports: 25th, even from last week. From the site: “The Kings got one win with DeMarcus Cousins out, but that just makes them 1-7.”

ESPN: 24 th, down from 20th. From the site: “The bigger issues for the Kings: DeMarcus Cousins has missed eight games for a Sactown squad that's a worrisome 1-9 against the rest of the West.”

CBS Sports: 25th, down up from 21st. From the site: “Did you know the Kings are 5-5 when DeMarcus Cousins plays? Did you know this does not matter if he cannot get healthy? Did you know that the Kings somehow seem worse than their record but also somehow seem like they might be OK if DMC gets healthy?”

SI.com: 24th, down from 22nd. From the site: “This team’s had a lot of issues, but the fact is when DeMarcus Cousins misses eight of eighteen games, it hurts no matter who you are.”

Yahoo: unranked, for the second week in a row. Yahoo calls its list ‘Most Interesting Rankings,’ and barring a four-game winning streak by the Kings, a return to this list is likely not going to be a good thing. From the site: “The Nets are more boring than terrible – they can beat other bad teams and look much better than the Sixers and Lakers right now. They rank last only because those other sorry squads are facing particularly interesting weeks.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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