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San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich not overreacting to recent wins

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 : Gregg Popovich head coach of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 : Gregg Popovich head coach of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT /
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Wednesday’s win over the Miami Heat featured a balanced effort from the San Antonio Spurs. Head coach Gregg Popovich realized it wasn’t anything to get excited about, however.

The San Antonio Spurs filled up the stat sheet vs. the Miami Heat. Eight players, including all five from the starting lineup, reached double figures in scoring. No one had more than 18 points, while the bench also delivered 10 3-pointers to combat the Heat’s near-perfect shooting from behind the arc.

This was one of the Spurs’ most balanced efforts of the season, as a handful of players were on-point with their shot and contributed toward a 52.9 percent night from the field. Couple that with 30 assists, making for a unique performance in San Antonio.

However, after the game, head coach Gregg Popovich didn’t get too excited about what his team did. ESPN.com picked up video of his post-game session with the media,

“We had 30 [assists] last night, too, I believe, against Detroit. That’s always wonderful. Then, when you sit down and start to feel good about it, you realize Golden State does it every night. You go, ‘We have ways to go. Don’t get too excited.'”

Given Popovich’s conservative approach, it’s not a surprise to see him react, like this, to these stat-sheet numbers. It’s a two-game sample size of assists, which he realized the Warriors always do (they had 26 assists in Wednesday night’s win over the Charlotte Hornets). So, there could be “ways to go” before the five-time champion coach makes a proclamation about his team, if any.

The Silver and Black potentially will face teams like the Warriors in the playoffs. If some of those gaudy numbers can be matched, especially with Kawhi Leonard’s impending return, then they could be on to something.

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The Spurs will attempt to bring this 30-assist total and balanced effort to Friday night’s game, as the Boston Celtics come to the AT&T Center. Their 22-4 record not only tops the Eastern Conference but all of the NBA. Led by potential MVP candidate Kyrie Irving, the Celtics boast a young, talented rotation, including Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Game time is at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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