Gregg Popovich knows his San Antonio Spurs are struggling for the first time in a long time heading into the playoffs. The team hasn't been making their shots and have been unreliable on defense. Tim Duncan has had to play as close as he can to the vintage MVP-like player he used to be to even keep the Spurs in the game, let alone to win it.
Coach Pop made known his concern for his team after the Spurs finished their regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"Just like any coach, you want to improve everything that you're doing." said Popovich. "There isn't a lot of time between now and Sunday, so we want to be healthier and we'll continue to work on executing at both ends of the court. It's a game of mistakes."
The team has faltered on both sides of the floor as of late, but it sounds like Pop may be hoping the intensity of the playoffs will get their games straightened out. The Spurs now know their opponent will be the Los Angeles Lakers in their opening round for the postseason and it will give them a chance to scout the team.
This will be a good test for the Spurs mentally with Los Angeles losing Kobe Bryant for the season and Steve Nash likely returning from a hamstring injury he suffered late in the season. The time between now and the first game of the series will give San Antonio some rest to get a bit more healthier, but every team is banged up right now.
In the end, it will be how well the Spurs can execute on the floor that will decide their postseason fate.
At no time do the Spurs need a miracle. Let's hope Manu and TP get better by Sunday and Diaw gets well soon. They need all the help considering some of the first unit players are not playing up to par like Danny Green. Why does he choose to be ineffective at crunchtime? Didn't I tell you so last year? Let's hope T-Mac didn.t leave his shooting arm at the Great Wall of China and those bumblng bench players remember how to play basketball. GO SPURS GO, I hope.
@rtesoro440 You have to give Danny Green a pass for last year because it was his first time playing in the playoffs ever. Now, if he performs poorly again this post season, then yes, he deserves criticism.
@rtesoro440 I can say the same for Kawhi. He deserves a pass because it was his first time in the playoffs as well. And he has improved much more this season so if he underperforms in the playoffs as well, he deserves the criticism because he's supposed to be our future star (but I don't think he'll fail). And sorry, it's not a lame excuse. It is a legitimate excuse. The Cavs were a joke of a team and were having ton of issues. They only cut Green because of playing time for others and guess what, they do regret him. Disappearing in crunch time or disappearing in playoffs? Those are two different things. "Crunch time" is during the last 5 minutes of a game. I'm guessing you missed his game-winner against the Lakers in LA this season. Sorry, you have to give him a 2nd chance. It's not a one-and-done thing.
Remember when the Spurs collapsed last year after losing one game to the Thunder (which was helped out by Ibaka going crazy and some terrible officiating)? I think Pop intentionally rested many guys the past 15 games so that the Spurs would be ready to lose a game in the playoffs and be able to bounce back from it. There's a reason the Spurs have a better record than the Lakers and they should prove it this series