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2012 NBA power rankings: Despite win, Wizards back in last place

The Washington Wizards moved to 3-18 on the year with a victory early in the week followed by three defeats. The 1-3 week sent Washington back to last place in the latest SB Nation NBA power rankings.

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Despite picking up another win, the Washington Wizards fell back into last place in this week's SB Nation NBA power rankings. Following a week that saw a victory and three defeats, Washington's record slipped to 3-18 on the year.

After one week at No. 29, the Wizards returned to No. 30 in Seth Rosenthal's rankings this week. Along with the ranking, Rosenthal wrote:

Well, they won again, and there are signs that John Wall's condition may actually be improving ("ramping" and so forth). Meanwhile, amid a whole 'nother slew of injuries, Cartier Martin and Jordan Crawford have been pretty solid in increased roles.

Crawford leads the scoring for Washington with 14.3 points per game, while also adding 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Martin has come off the bench to provide 7.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

After starting the week with a 77-70 win over the New Orleans Hornets, the Wizards have dropped three straight games. Crawford led all scorers with 26 points against New Orleans. The losses came to the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.

Washington returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts the Atlanta Hawks.