SCIC NBA Power Rankings: The Thunder Come Crumbling Down

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Nov 1, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) drives the ball against Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In the latest editions of our SCIC NBA Power Rankings, the Oklahoma City Thunder come tumbling down

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Nothing was short-sold during the first week of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.

From the San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth NBA championship banner to the debut of the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers. Every thing was on point during the opening week of the NBA.

Although, not everything was all pins and ribbons this past week. With every peek comes a valley. And the same goes for the NBA.

And perhaps no team in the NBA endured a deeper valley this week than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Just weeks after learning that they’d have to survive without Kevin Durant for the first 4-6 weeks of the season, the Thunder were given the news that they’d also have to learn to live without Russell Westbrook now for about a month, after injuring his hand in the team’s season opener.

Add that to the list of injuries the Thunder are already battling — Reggie Jackson (ankle), Mitch McGary (foot) and Anthony Morrow (knee) — and you can see why it could be time to worry for OKC fans.

Enter, our brand-spanking new NBA Power Rankings.

The Thunder fall, the Knicks are a little better than expected and the Miami Heat are clearly Chris Bosh‘s team — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Here are this week’s NBA power rankings.