Early this month the Spurs lost back-to-back games in NY and Boston. Both games featuredÂ embarrassingly poor team defense from the Spurs. Against NY, you’ll recall, Gregg Popovich benched his starters rather than attempting a late game comeback.
For all the talk of San Antonio’s emergence as an offensive force (the Spurs are currently ranked 1st in John Hollinger’s Offensive Efficiency Rating), Gregg Popovich still maintains his stubborn conviction that defense wins championships.
The Spurs have the best record in the league, not to mention their best start through 41 games in franchise history. And it means nothing to Popovich. The Spurs, he insists, must become a better defensive team.
The Spurs have rattled off 6 consecutive wins since the back-to-back debacle that was NY/Boston. In those wins the Spurs have held their opponents to 40.1% Â from the floor.
San Antonio’s current defensive rating is 100.3, good for 6th in the league. Look for that number to improve in the coming weeks. And if it does, Gregg Popovich will have put together something very unexpected, and very special.