A team knows they are viewed among the NBA elite when opponents are stating there is nothing better than getting a victory against them.
Although it may appear to the contrary, teams are not only getting fired up to play against the San Antonio Spurs but the victories are something to be savored. However, a win over the Spurs and Gregg Popovoch is something Marcin Gortat of the Wizards didn't get to taste in his team's recent double-overtime loss to San Antonio.
And perhaps he spoke too soon.
Marcin Gortat: "There is nothing better than beating SAS & Coach Gregg Popovich, who is in my opinion, the best coach in the NBA.” #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 5, 2014
Most people inside the NBA realize that Spurs are an elite team which gives them a good measuring stick of where they stand. Teams know Spurs are facing injuries and when full healthy, will be force to be recon with come playoff time.
While the current Rodeo Road Trip may not be going as planned, take a moment Spurs’ fans to look at the Western Conference Standings and rejoice that we are looking toward the playoffs and not the draft lottery.
As for Gortat's comment, take it as a compliment. He is basically saying the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich are the cream of the crop in the NBA and to beat the best means something to struggling teams.