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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Boston Celtics Drop Seven Spots

It's not the defense, it's the offense.

The Boston Celtics have somehow managed to lose their last two outings despite allowing less than 40 percent field goal shooting in both games. The Celtics have reached 100 points just four times all season, and have failed to crack the century mark in every game since Feb. 1.

And the Celtics' scoring woes have caused them to plummet in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings. Tom Ziller dropped the Celtics seven spots to No. 17 in this week's rankings.

Is the drop deserved? Absolutely. In the past week, the Boston Celtics lost twice to the Detroit Pistons and once to the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. Now losers of five out of six, the Celtics have struggled to develop a symbiotic relationship on the court: in games Rajon Rondo scores a lot the Big Three are generally quiet, and vice versa.

With Brandon Bass likely out of the lineup for a few more games, even more responsibility falls onto Rondo and the Big Three. It looks like the All-Star break can't come soon enough.

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