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Despite loss to Oklahoma City, Kings keep rising up the Power Rankings

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Christian Petersen

Sacramento saw their five game win streak snapped on Sunday, but it didn't take too much away from their awesome 5-2 start.  The NBA media world is still very impressed with Sacramento so far, and that's reflected in the latest batch of power rankings.

Our parent network SBNation moved us from 19th to 7th!

Get out your party hats and kazoos because the Kings have come to party in the top-10. This may not last, but while it does, let's rock out with DeMarcus Cousins. Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City was certainly a deflating one, but these things happen. By this time next week, we should have a much better idea who the Kings really are after road games against the Memphis Grizzles and Dallas Mavericks, followed by a home game against the Spurs.

NBA.com has jumped us up to 8th

Further tests lie ahead, but the Kings passed a big one in Phoenix on Friday. DeMarcus Cousins was denied the ball most of the night and then fouled out in regulation. Rudy Gay couldn't make a shot and they faced an overtime deficit of seven points before winning in double OT behind Darren Collison and Ben McLemore, who's starting to look like a player.

CBSSports dropped us to 11th

There's sad irony in the Kings capturing amazing chemistry, playing far beyond expectations and still finding a way to lose to OKC.

SportsIllustrated has ranked us 5th, which has to be the first time they've done that in almost a decade

The Kings are for real in the sense that they are talented enough to beat anyone. Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins are playing with more discipline after their summer stints with Team USA. Now it's up to Sacramento's veteran leaders to get their teammates to do the same.

ESPN bumped us up to 10th

DeMarcus Cousins is playing the ball of his life. Our guy Omri Casspi has emerged as one of Boogie's favorite teammates. And these Kings, despite losing Sunday's trap game at short-handed OKC before visits to Dallas and Memphis, are in the thick of the Team of the Month race.

Yahoo remains cautious, but moves us up to 14th

An excellent start lost some momentum with a loss Sunday to the injury-plagued Thunder, who were without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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As I wrote earlier, the next 10 games are exceedingly difficult, so I think this might be the highest we see the Kings in these rankings for a while.  Of course, I've been wrong before, and hopefully the Kings can continue to make me look like a fool for doubting them.