NBA Power Rankings 2012: Bulls Drop To No. 2 After Sunday's Loss

After a deflating 100-99 overtime loss to the New York Knick, the Chicago Bulls find themselves slipping in the Tom Ziller's NBA Power Rankings for the first time in a very long time.

According to Ziller, the San Antonio Spurs -- who still have three fewer wins than the Bulls -- grab the top spot, followed by the Bulls at No. 2. Chicago has now lost 4 of its last 7 games after having lost only 10 games all season. Click here for the full power rankings.

Rank Team Record Last Week SB Nation Blog
1. San Antonio Spurs 40-14 W: CLE, BOS, NO, UTA Pounding The Rock
This is the second double-digit win streak of the season for the Spurs. Expect some more analysis downplaying San Antonio's playoff chances based on last year's first-round exit; please remember that Manu Ginobili busted up his arm entering that series. He looks healthy now. This team has always been different when he's healthy.
2. Chicago Bulls 43-14 W: BOS; L: HOU, NY Blog-a-Bull
I secretly hope some fool tries out the "Bulls are better without Derrick Rose" argument just because I've always wanted to see a live human self-ridicule himself into oblivion.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder 41-15 W: TOR; L: MEM, MIA, IND Welcome To Loud City
We told you that the Thunder's Hell Week wasn't over after they beat the Heat and Bulls! The Thunder got busted up three straight times. Why do we have them ahead of Miami given last week's result? The Thunder looked more convincing in their win in the home-and-home than Miami did in its victory. #science
4. Miami Heat 40-15 W: PHI, OKC, DET; L: MEM Peninsula Is Mightier
I still have not forgiven Udonis Haslem for losing the braids.

For updates on the matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit Blog a Bull, and for more news and notes from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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