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Gregg Popovich named Western Conference Coach of the Month

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month, the NBA announced.

The Spurs went 16-0 in March, just the second time in franchise history with a perfect record in a full month, and they beat opponents by 17.4 points per game or, if you’d prefer, 16.6 points per 100 possessions.

Ho-hum.

The Spurs lead the following statistical categories during their 18-game winning streak (also a franchise-high): offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, points, point differential, FG%, 3P%, TS%, EFG%, assist:turnover ratio, blocks and defensive rebounds.

At 58-16, tied for the best start in franchise history through 74 games, the Spurs can set a new franchise-high in wins if they finish 6-2 in their final eight games. The 95-96 Bulls’ road record (33-9) is also in play, but the Spurs have to win each road game and that’s a tall order, considering they play Dallas, Oklahoma City, Houston and Minnesota (combined home winning percentage: .711).

The Spurs’ 78.4 winning percentage is currently a franchise-high, as well.

Popovich, the silent orchestrator of the Spurs, is in line for a third Coach of the Year award, which would put him in exclusive company — only Don Nelson and Pat Riley have won Coach of the Year on three separate occasions.

Popovich earned Coach of the Month honors in February and March of the 2011-12 season.

Long live the Popovich.

 

Quixem Ramirez

About Quixem Ramirez

Quixem Ramirez is the sports editor for the University Star, the content editor for Toros Nation, and a staff writer for Project Spurs. He enjoys basketball and pie -- sometimes in that order.

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