4 Ways the Spurs Should Shift Strategy After Coach Pop's Record

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3. The Spurs should focus less on winning

To be clear, focusing less on winning doesn't mean the Spurs should tank. Still, they'd be wise to look beyond this season. They could start by whittling Dejounte Murray’s minutes down from 34.4 per game to around 30 minutes over the final 20+ games of the season. 

That would inevitably impact the team’s record, but they’d hopefully limit the risk of a serious injury to their All-Star, which could negatively affect next season. Coach Popovich should also experiment more with rotations and lineups. Now is the time to get weird and see if something sticks. 

For all we know, a lineup of Murray, Joshua Primo, Lonnie Walker, Devin Vassell, and Zach Collins can score in bunches while playing good enough defense to be a net plus. Or Tre Jones, Primo, Vassell, Keita Bates-Diop, and Jock Landale can actually be a good defensive unit. Popovich has always been one to experiment with different lineups, so the odds of seeing some random lineups late in the season appear high.