The San Antonio Spurs have not been playing the type of basketball that at one point in this season, the team having the best record in all of the league. Recently, they have taking a dip. Being hit with injuries to three of their starting five have started to show.
With their recently loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, San Antonio have now lost the last three of their four games. What could the problem be? Defense? Rebounding? Fatigue?
Out of those three that were listed, there is one that really gets underneath Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Fatigue.
Slan Cowper of Sportsmole.Com was one of many reporters that heard Popovich express his feelings on fatigue.
"I don't care, that's just an excuse. Everybody tried as hard as they could. I don't know how to measure fatigue. Just go play. We try to watch people's minutes and that kind of thing.
"It doesn't matter who's hurt, or what your schedule is, or anything like that. You go play. Nobody cares. All that matters is the win or the loss. We lost or defensive consistency and they went up."
This is the reason why he is, if not, the best coach in all of the NBA. He makes no excuses for anyone player on his team. He nailed it on the head. Teams know that they can be delt with injuries. Nothing you can do about it. I like when Pop stated that it doesn't matter whom is hurt. For the Spurs bench players, they always seem to be ready when their numbers are called to hit the floor.
Defensively, the Spurs are hurting. Once they let up on the defensive side, Chicago took advantage and ended up walking out of the AT&T Center with a win.
So yeah, lesson learned, don't ever bring up fatigue to Coach Pop. It's just an excuse.