NBA Power Rankings Week 6: Spurs drop slightly

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the experts dropped San Antonio down the rankings after losses to the Rockets and the Thunder. After the Spurs' loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Spurs fell in the quarter-season power rankings.

The Spurs only played two games this past week. There was a third game scheduled against the Timberwolves on Wednesday in Mexico City, but that one had to be postponed when the arena filled with smoke.

The Spurs took a beating at home against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday dropping their record to 15-4, one game back in the Western Conference from Portland, who is 17-4. They didn't drop too much in the power rankings, and most of the rankings see them at four or five.

The Good Guys have a FOGAFINI this week, starting with a trip to Toronto and Milwaukee, followed by a BABA at home vs. Minnesota and at Utah. Even with the difficulty of playing four games in five nights, the Spurs should be able to get back to their winning ways.

Let's have a look around the internet at where the experts rank them as of Monday, December 9.

Marc Stein from ESPN, (Spurs rank: 6, last week's rank: 5)

There is no shortage of rationalizations for the heavy loss to the Pacers after a wasted trip to Mexico and Tiago Splitter's reinjured calf. Any 2-3 stretch we see from the Spurs, though, is jarring under any circumstances ... with 223 points surrendered in those home L's to Houston and Indy.

Marc J Spears from Yahoo Sports, (Spurs rank: 5, last week's rank: 4)

San Antonio Spurs (15-4; last week's ranking: 4): Toronto will play at home for the first time after trading Rudy Gay when they face the Spurs on Tuesday. The Spurs won't be sympathetic after coming off a loss.

Jason Patt from SBNation NBA, (Spurs rank: 4, last week's rank: 4)

The Spurs were very un-Spurs like in their 111-100 loss to the Pacers, with the final score not really reflecting the beat down that occurred. Tiago Splitter left the game early with a calf injury, and San Antonio is hoping it's something that won't keep the big man out long.

USA Today, (Spurs rank: 3, last week's rank: 3)

Tim Duncan does not have another 2012-13 season in his bag of tricks. They keep winning anyway.

John Schuhmann from NBA.com, (Spurs rank: 5, last week's rank: 4)

After a 13-1 start, the Spurs are slumping, having lost three of their last five games. But maybe Kawhi Leonard broke out of his slump with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting in Saturday's loss to Indiana. He had shot 3-for-21 from 3-point range over his previous nine games and the Spurs have scored just 97.5 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, as opposed to 115.6 with him on the bench.

Matt Moore from CBSSports.com, (Spurs rank: 6, last week's rank: 6, last week's rank: 5)

You don't see the Spurs get smacked around like the Pacers did to them over the weekend very often.



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