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Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 10:10 am  |  20 responses

Gregg Popovich Dismissive of the Spurs’ 18-Game Winning Streak


The rest of us may be staring in amazement as the San Antonio Spurs continue to steamroll opponents — having now won an unreal 18 straight games — but head coach Gregg Popovich refuses to even acknowledge the amazing run his team is on. From the Express-News: “It’s the dirty six-letter word that no one around the Spurs wants to acknowledge, much less even discuss. The Spurs persevered for their 18th straight victory Sunday night, finishing off a sweep of the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. But when asked about his team’s recent historic streak, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was reticent to discuss much. ‘It doesn’t exist for us,’ Popovich said. ‘We don’t talk about it. I’ve never heard anybody mention it except you all. And it’s not even a thought in our minds. Each game is just a separate entity.’ No matter if he wants to talk about it, the Spurs’ streak is the longest in team history and among the 10 longest in NBA history. And of the nine other teams that have won that many consecutive games, six of them eventually claimed NBA titles. Popovich did provide some explanations why his team hasn’t lost in the last 39 days. ‘I guess what I have to say overall is that we’ve been very consistent offensively and our pace has allowed us to score,’ Popovich said. ‘Defensively, I think we’ve been able to turn it up at different points of the game. That’s not usually something we’re used to. We’re used to being a good defensive team for 48 minutes, but that’s not who we are anymore.’”

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  • Flud

    San Antonio is being very dismissive of the whole L right now. wonderful ball.

  • HAMMER

    I didn’t know it was 18 in a row. Spurs quietly steamrolling. Respect.

  • http://moontain.org Fredd

    look at the last 50 !

  • jay

    I’m appreciating Duncan even more now that he’s 36. I love seeing him school the young guys.

  • Yesse

    I have always hated the Spurs. Back to my younger days, they beat LA every once in a while and i couldn’t stand it. As i have become older, i have started to respect them. I’m still not a fan, but i wouldn’t be surprised if they get some rings this year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    deepest team in the L

  • Marco

    I used to hate them back in the 90′s (as much as Utah), but today the nba game has changed so much, that now, if you want to watch real basketball, you need to watch the Spurs and I actually like watching them, (and not the freakin’ Miami Heat !)

  • ab40

    if these were the lakers or the heat, espn would not be big enough to hold all the articles writing how it’s meant to be. 29 of 31. Skip would personaly go to miami to kiss lebron on the mouth.

  • Marco

    co sign ab40

  • LA Huey

    Fo-Fo-Fo-Fo? Yeah, I said it.

  • Greg

    ab40, I couldnt agree with you more…how’s shaq gonna feel if tim get’s 5 rings?

  • franko

    co sign ab40

  • Ritchie b.

    been watching the spurs do this all season. co sign ab40. if the heat did this wed have espn saying they were the greatest team ever. spurs have a great chance of winning it all.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    the spurs play some beautiful basketball. Tim Duncan is superhumanly good. Gregg Popovich is f*cking Professor Xavier.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Best coach in the game right now by far.

  • Mega

    Of course the Spurs r amazing this year, but does everyone really c them steamrollin over OKC? I know Pop and Tim r like Krang and his Robo-body, but westbrook actually is Raphael (no joke, hes a ninja turtle in real life), and KD is Leo. Scotty brooks is obviously splinter, Nick collison is KC Jones, and perk is April O’neill. Just like the story goes the turtles never lose, not even to Ginobili’s Shredder nose.

  • guahan

    ^^nerd

  • BBaller

    Co sign 100% ab40.If the Heat were having this streak people would be wetting them selves.

  • Mariano

    @Mega: Maybe not steamroll, but OKC had trouble winning against SA during the regular season. Honestly I think Tony can handle guarding Westbrook and Kawhi & Stak Jak are very intimidating defenders, I’m sure they’ll give KD a lot of trouble. I could be wrong, though.

  • Justin G.

    I don’t understand why a lot of teams don’t design their defenses the same way Phil Jackson used to. Let the superstars get theirs and shut down everybody else. One, not even two guys are going to consistently beat an elite team.

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