Gregg Popovich happy for Mike Budenholzer after Hawks beat Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs opened 2017 in rare fashion as they picked up a loss away from the AT&T Center for just the third time this season after coming up short against the Atlanta Hawks in overtime on Sunday night.

While no one is ever excited about a loss, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich handled this particular setback better than he would have against any other opponent as the Hawks are coached by his former protege, Mike Budenholzer.

“I’m happy for him,” said Popovich, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “If we’re going to lose, it’s good to feel like somebody on the other end was made happy.”

“It would have been a good win for us,” said Popovich, whose team remains an NBA-best 16-3 on the road. “Both teams played pretty well. It was a good, competitive game.”

Fortunately for the Silver and Black, they won't have much time to dwell on this particular loss as they'll be right back at it on Tuesday night when they host the Toronto Raptors at the AT&T Center.

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