6. San Antonio Spurs

Record: 6 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 4
Last Week's Results: L @ Minnesota, 96-106 (Mon); W vs. Golden State, 101-95 (Wed); W vs. Dallas, 93-71 (Thu); W vs. Denver, 121-117 (Sat); L @ Oklahoma City, 96-108 (Sun)
This Week: @ Milwaukee, Tuesday (1/10); vs. Houston, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Portland, Friday (1/13); vs. Phoenix, Sunday (1/15)

What, us worry? The Spurs went 3-1 in their first four games without Manu Ginobili, crushing the defending champs, defeating the Nuggets in a thriller, and losing only in Oklahoma City on the second half of a back-to-back. Ginobili is out until mid-February at the earliest, and San Antonio seems destined to slide down these rankings until then; not a bit of that will matter if the team is fresher heading into the playoffs than it was last year. —Jack Erwin