At the AT&T Center this season, you can pick up a lot of things: a quesadilla, Kawhi Leonard jersey, or even a fine, locker-brewed espresso. It's a fine venue to visit and enjoy a great night out.
What you can't pick this season, at least if you're an opponent thus far, is a win.
Whether you like to extend the Spurs' domination at home into last season or not, it's clear that teams will need to bring their A-game to San Antonio if they want to leave with a W. The Knicks gave a good effort on Friday night and were a Jose Calderon three away from snapping the Spurs' streak. As a result, they head into Brooklyn tonight looking to push their winning streak to eight, a feat that seems pretty doable given the current turmoil surrounding the organization.
After that the week gets tougher, with a difficult matchup in Detroit on Tuesday night followed by home tilts against the Cavs and Mavs. The next few weeks should be very interesting.
Until next time, stay thirsty, my friends.
We'll update the remaining rankings as they pop up.
Marc Stein, from ESPN (Spurs rank: 2, Last week's rank: 2)
Only six teams in NBA history have managed to start a season by winning their first 23 home games. The most recent: LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008-09. Guess who comes to the Alamo City on Thursday with the Spurs sitting at 22-0 at home and on pace for the gaudiest nightly point differential (plus-13.9) of all time. Who else but LeBron's Cavs?
USA Today (Spurs rank: 2, Last week's rank: 2)
They're never losing at home again, it seems.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com (Spurs rank: 1, Last week's rank: 1)
The Spurs remained undefeated at home by the thinnest of margins on Friday and have allowed four straight opponents to score better than a point per possession. But Danny Green seems to have joined the party on offense, hitting 11 of his 18 threes in January. They're still one of four teams that has taken at least 30 percent of its shots from mid-range, but have reduced that number and increased corner threes since Dec. 1.
David Aldridge, NBA.com (Spurs rank: 2, Last week's rank: 2)
This. Whatever is after "beyond awesome," this is that.
The only argument you can possibly raise against them is that their schedule has been yogurt soft and they have losses to the Rockets and Thunder. And even that is balanced with all sorts of good wins. They face the Warriors two weeks from Monday.
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (Spurs rank: N/A, Last week's rank: 2)
The Spurs are 20-0 at home entering a primetime matchup with the Cavs that could be an early Finals preview. I'd drop everything to watch Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James match up in just about any sport, honestly. That would make for some extremely dope water polo or table tennis.