NBA Power Rankings week 16: OKC Thunder and teams post deadline

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FEBRUARY 11: Steven Adams #12 of the OKC Thunder handles the ball during the game against the San Antonio Spurs (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Previous: 15th. San Antonio Spurs. 16. team. 29. . 22-30

San Antonio Spurs:

Offense: (111.2)  13th
Defense: (112.3) 24th
Net: (minus -1.1) 16th

Results Week 16: (0-4) Lost vs. Clippers: 105-108, Lakers: 102-129, Blazers: 117-125, Kings: 102-122
Games Week 17: (2 games) Mon at Nuggets | Tues at Thunder

Considering the Spurs remain in the chase pack even after a week where they failed to register a victory is unfathomable. The Rodeo trip kicked off with a sputter as the Spurs kept losing to both the elite teams (Lakers/Clippers) and those mired in the chase pack with them (Blazers/Kings).

Still, until Pops crew are numerically removed from the mix of teams who can snag a playoff berth I refuse to commit to them being out of the mix. Sure, they don’t seem to be the club of the past 20 plus seasons or demonstrate any of the traits typical for their club but the mystique still exists as long as Gregg Popovich and RC at the helm.

As noted in last week’s power rankings the Spurs just aren’t a club who makes knee jerk moves so their resistance to making a trade at the deadline wasn’t surprising. It was frustrating, however, since DeMar DeRozan is a player they could’ve shifted at the deadline for value back and who’ll likely opt out this offseason.