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Mavericks slide to No. 6 in Power Rankings

It’s not a surprise given the severity of their recent injuries, but the Mavericks have sunk lower in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings than they’ve been for seven weeks.

Mired in a 2-6 slide and having played without Dirk Nowitzki for the past seven games, Dallas is down two spots to No. 6. The Mavs had risen to No. 1 just two Mondays ago.

This week’s Mavs comment:

“DeShawn Stevenson is the 3-ball-draining MIP candidate who absolutely no one talks about. Then again, let's face it: No one in Dallas wants to talk about anything but Nowitzki's return with the Dirk-less Mavs in a 2-6 funk.”