Gregg Popovich never wanted to let go this season

Gregg Popovich never wanted to let go this season

On March 6, the day after a defeat against the Hornets, the Spurs were in the hard. Four straight losses, a significant gap with tenth place (three wins) and the San Antonio franchise was in 12th place in the Western Conference.

There were then five weeks of the regular season left, enough to come back, but the Texans could have done like the Blazers, who were ahead of them in the standings at this time, and let go completely. The proof: in full “tanking”, Portland lost 21 of its 23 matches after the All-Star Game…

“Honestly, I don’t know how I would have said to my team: ‘Okay, we don’t fight like we should anymore'”explains Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Express News. “How do you get that across, with a wink and a nod?” I think we’re doing the players a disservice if they can’t give it their all. I understand that we can act like this, but I can’t. I’m not like that. »

“Tanking”, that is to say the fact of accumulating defeats (without saying it, of course…) to be better placed in the Draft, was therefore not an option for the five-time NBA champion coach.

The winningest coach in league history since this season also thought of his players. And as his troops finally snatched the “play-in”, which they will play against the Pelicans, he was right to insist.

“I think young players gain something morally and philosophically, that to keep fighting is the right thing to do,” continues the Tokyo Olympic champion. “The lessons to be learned from this are very important for their careers. We hope that, in the long term, they will retain this to evolve to an even higher level. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Dejounte Murray 67 34.8 46.3 33.0 78.8 1.2 7.2 8.4 9.3 2.7 2.0 0.3 2.0 21.2
Keldon Johnson 74 31.9 46.7 40.2 74.9 1.1 5.0 6.1 2.1 1.2 0.7 0.2 2.0 16.9
Derrick White 49 30.3 42.6 31.4 86.9 0.5 3.0 3.5 5.6 1.8 1.0 0.9 2.4 14.4
Jakob Poeltl 67 29.0 62.0 100.0 49.5 3.9 5.5 9.3 2.8 1.6 0.7 1.7 3.1 13.5
Devin Vasell 70 27.2 42.8 36.0 83.2 0.6 3.7 4.3 1.9 0.8 1.1 0.6 2.0 12.2
lonnie walker 70 23.0 40.7 31.4 78.4 0.3 2.3 2.6 2.2 1.0 0.6 0.3 1.4 12.1
Doug Mcdermott 51 24.0 46.2 42.2 78.4 0.4 1.9 2.3 1.3 0.8 0.3 0.1 1.5 11.3
Josh Richardson 20 24.2 42.5 43.4 94.3 0.8 2.0 2.9 2.4 1.2 1.1 0.3 1.6 11.1
Bryn Forbes 40 16.9 43.2 41.7 89.8 0.1 1.5 1.6 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.1 1.1 9.1
Zach Collins 27 18.0 48.0 34.1 79.4 1.7 3.9 5.6 2.1 1.6 0.4 0.8 2.4 7.8
Thaddeus Young 26 14.3 57.8 0.0 45.5 1.5 2.0 3.6 2.3 1.2 0.9 0.3 1.5 6.1
Tre Jones 68 16.6 48.8 17.0 78.0 0.4 1.8 2.3 3.3 0.7 0.6 0.1 1.1 5.9
Joshua Primo 49 19.3 36.9 30.7 74.6 0.7 1.6 2.3 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.4 1.6 5.8
Keita Bates-diop 58 16.3 51.8 30.9 74.6 1.0 2.9 3.9 0.7 0.8 0.5 0.2 1.1 5.6
Jock Landale 53 11.0 49.3 32.6 82.9 1.2 1.4 2.6 0.8 0.6 0.2 0.3 1.0 5.0
Drew Eubanks 49 12.1 52.8 12.5 74.7 1.3 2.7 4.0 1.0 0.9 0.3 0.6 1.2 4.7
Devontae Cacok 14 8.3 67.7 0.0 57.1 0.6 2.4 2.9 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.5 1.1 3.3
Tomas Satoransky 1 9.2 0.0 0.0 75.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Romeo Langford 4 10.6 57.1 0.0 37.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 2.8
Joe Wieskamp 29 6.8 35.7 32.6 53.8 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 2.1
Tyler Johnson 3 17.7 20.0 33.3 0.0 0.7 1.3 2.0 1.7 0.3 0.7 0.7 1.0 2.0
Juancho Hernangomez 5 10.1 33.3 0.0 75.0 0.8 2.2 3.0 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.0 1.4
Jaylen Morris 3 5.3 0.0 0.0 50.0 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.7
Anthony Lamb 2 3.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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