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.
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.
Gregg Popovich named Western Conference Coach of the Month and also for life.
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) April 1, 2014