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Knicks slip to No. 27 in Stein rankings

What do the 1-12 Jazz and the 2-12 Bucks have in common with the Knicks and Nets? All four teams are in the bottom rung of ESPN.com's latest Power Rankings, courtesy of Marc Stein.

Stein has the Knicks at 27 this week, one spot ahead of Brooklyn. And rightfully so. The Knicks (3-9) have lost five straight and six of seven. The Bucks and Jazz round out the bottom four.

Writes Stein:

"As if the Knicks' start hasn't been rough enough: They just went winless at home in November during what was seen as a friendly stretch of their schedule. Maybe the only source of comfort as Melo and Co. head West (gulp) is the fact that their buddies in Brooklyn are spiraling at a similar pace."

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