NBA Power Rankings: Despite loss to Spurs, Warriors keep hold on No. 1

Updated: March 21, 2016, 3:56 PM ET
By Marc Stein |
Monday, March 21

If the Golden State Warriors were merely one loss from tumbling out of the top spot in ESPN's weekly NBA Power Rankings, there would be a new No. 1 atop our ladder on this Rankings Monday.

But they weren't, folks.

The Committee of One wasn't about to demote the 62-7 Warriors in the wake of what many around the league would classify as a schedule loss, since they were playing mighty San Antonio on the road on the second half of a back-to-back ... and without the injured Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli.

I'm sure there will be a dissenting voice or two out there, but all we can tell is you that it would have taken a San Antonio rout -- something along the lines of Golden State's 120-90 runaway when the teams met Jan. 25 in Oakland -- to persuade us to consider a change at the top here at Stein Line. Don't forget that the Warriors, after all, arrived in San Antonio on a seven-game winning streak of their own that included a 6-0 homestand featuring four wins by double digits.

Don't forget, furthermore, that the loss was the Warriors' first this season in 12 games against the league's five other teams sporting .600-or-better records (Spurs, Cavs, Raptors, Thunder and Clippers). San Antonio is enjoying its own undoubtedly historic season, but I suspect even Gregg Popovich would agree that one close game on a Saturday night in March doesn't change much ... especially not when Golden State remains one game ahead of Chicago's 69-game pace from the Bulls' historic 72-10 season in 1995-96.

You can share your views on our latest 1-to-30 order below in the comments section. Deep thanks to our pals from within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the ever-clutch data assistance they provide week after week after week to help us make all of our calculations.

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