Project Spurs continues its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. Next is Trevor Zickgraf on Gregg Popovich and Mike D'Antoni.
There's a lot of storylines heading in to the first round match up between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. Since Michael Jordan retired from the Bulls, either the Lakers or Spurs have represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals 11 out of 14 years. There's Tim Duncan facing Dwight Howard for the first time their careers, memories of .4, etc.
One storyline that's been overlooked by most is the fact that this will be the fourth time Gregg Popovich and Mike D'Antoni will square off in the last nine years, the fourth time D'Antoni meets the man who has caused him so much pain in spring's past.
Interesting fact about Mike D'Antoni, he has a losing record in the playoffs (26-29). 12 of those losses, just over 40 percent of D'Antoni's playoff losses have come at the hands of Popovich's Spurs. On top of that, D'Antoni teams only have four victories total against the Spurs in three series. In short, whether it's by roster talent, coaching guile, dumb luck or all of the above, Popovich owns D'Antoni in the postseason.no comments