The Spurs are awesome. At a league-best 45-9, San Antonio is the ultimate take-care-of-business team. They're veteran led, have superb role players and all understand the system perfectly.
It's almost like the team can't fail.
But it's getting for Gregg Popovich. When you get almost the same result every night, there's no spice, nothing to work on, nothing to Jazz things up.
Take it away, San Antonio News-Express:
For Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the first 52 games of the season have played like his own personal Groundhog Day. Every night, he dispatches the same starting lineup, uses mostly the same rotation, calls mostly the same plays, usually watches another Spurs’ victory, then goes home and eats dinner. Ho hum.
“It’s like I don’t have a job anymore,” Popovich said.
Popovich, it seems, has discovered a downside to a 44-8 record.
“It’s boring as hell,” he said. The upside? Popovich says the Spurs’ apparent shift to autopilot has freed up more time for his real passions. “Wine and reading,” Popovich said.
And if you believe any of that, Popovich has a bridge in wine country to sell you. Players say Popovich has been just as engaged this season as last, when he started 25 different lineups and the Spurs had to struggle just to make the playoffs as a seventh seed.
But what Popovich is driving at with that mentality is that you can't settle. They may be 45-9 and already have enough wins to make the playoffs, but there's always room to get better. Plus, as you can imagine with Popovich, tongue was firmly planted in cheek for those comments I'm sure.
The funny thing is, after Popovich said that, he switched up the starting lineup following a loss at Philadelphia puting George Hill in the first five. Just adding a little sizzle, I suppose.
Last season the Spurs were 31-21 at this same point. While that might not have been boring, I'm sure it wasn't near as satisfying as this season. The Spurs have had the boring tag put on them for a while. They play boring, their stars are boring, they win boring. And while Coach Pop feels it too, I'm thinking he likes the boring quite a bit.