Power Rankings Week 17: The final week of the Spurs' 9-game road trip

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

After a 6-3 RRT, the Spurs are enjoying a well-deserved breather before they get back into action on Wednesday.

With the Rodeo Road Trip done and dusted, the Spurs can enjoy a favorable (at least in terms of home vs. away) schedule to finish the season. 15 of the final 26 games will be at the AT&T Center, and hopefully that stretch will see the recovery of guys like Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili.

San Antonio continues to hang onto second place in the West, with a two-game lead on Houston. They're also two games behind OKC in the loss column, but it's clear that health will be a priority over a first-place finish.

If you've followed his work at all, you'll know that Matt Moore of CBS Sports consistently has ranked the Spurs lower than his peers, pairing that with a dose of cynicism that reflects what it might be like to have to write about the same team week in and week out.

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

The injury-riddled Spurs began the Rodeo Road Trip with the league's top away record. After nearly 9,000 miles, 25 days without a home game and sneaking in a couple of long-awaited wins over elite teams last week, they're finally back home Wednesday. And still No. 1 on the road: 22-8

Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports (Spurs rank: 5, last week's rank: 6)

All-Star break comes just in time for the injury-plagued Spurs to heal. Starters Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili are still out.

Jason Patt from SBNation NBA (Spurs rank: 5, last week's rank: 6)

The Spurs' long Rodeo Road Trip finally came to a close in Phoenix, and while they may have been blown out at the end, a 6-3 mark has to be deemed a success.

USA Today (Spurs rank: 4, last week's rank: 3)

Marco Belinelli is averaging 16.7 points a game since winning the three-point contest.

John Schuhmann from NBA.com (Spurs rank: 5, last week's rank: 6)

Patty Mills scored 54 total points (29 in the fourth quarter) and the Spurs came out of the break with two big Tony Parker-less road wins over the Clippers and Blazers. They ran out of gas in Phoenix on Friday, but went 6-3 on the rodeo trip and play eight of their next 10 games at home. Believe it or not, Mills has scored more points this season than any Spur not named Parker, Duncan or Belinelli.

Matt Moore from CBSSports.com (Spurs rank: 9, last week's rank 7)

Ho-hum, Patty Mills is a lava god. Another week in Spurs land.

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