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2012 NBA power rankings: 76ers fall to No. 18 without Jrue Holiday

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to No. 18 in this week's SB Nation NBA power rankings following a string of three consecutive losses, two of them without leading scorer Jrue Holiday.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have struggled recently, losing three straight games to drop their record to 12-12. In addition to dropping the Sixers' record to .500, the consecutive losses also sent them slipping down the latest SB Nation NBA power rankings.

The 76ers won their first game of the week, topping Detroit, 104-97, but then went on to drop games against the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers.

In this week's power rankings, SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal moved the 76ers down four spots to No. 18. He wrote:

The Sixers haven't looked quite as bad as one might expect without Jrue Holiday (and with Nick Young as the de facto de swagto point guard), but they are 0-2 since he sprained his foot.

Holiday has been the Sixers' leader at the point all season, averaging 18.4 points and 8.9 assists per game before suffering a foot sprain. He was the leading scorer in the victory over Detroit and the loss to Chicago before missing the last two games.

The 76ers are back on the court Tuesday when they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET.