If you think San Antonio’s franchise record 18-game winning streak, one of the greatest in NBA history, is going to bring joy to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, then you simply don’t know Pop very well. Tony Parker certainly does, and jokes about his grumpy coach finding happiness in the team losing (rare an occurrence as that may be.) Per the Indy Star:
Point guard Tony Parker couldn’t help but be amused when asked how Popovich is handling the Spurs’ 18-game winning streak — a franchise record set with ease in Monday’s 103-77 road win over Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I don’t know. I think he’ll be happy if we lose any time soon,” Parker said.
Someone uttered the word “sabotage.” Parker laughed and said, “I’m pretty sure. He’s going to rest like half of the team.”
Before the Spurs bumped their league-best record to 58-16, Popovich admitted he wants the streak end prior to the playoffs.
Afterward, Popovich sounded like he had lost the game. He kept his answers short and sweet as if there was no sense talking about a 26-point road rout of a team that had entered with the East’s best record.
“We’ve never set any numerical goals,” he reiterated. “We’ve never set any goals to win a division or X number of games in a row. We just talk about trying to be the best team we can be by playoff time.”
“We’re still going to try to win the game,” said Parker, who had a game-high 22 points. “We’re not going to lose on purpose.”