Spurs news and notes: Pop on 70 wins, Anderson update, the Mavericks, and more


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• The Spurs are off to a fantastic season and some feel they might be able to get to 70 wins. However, don’t say that to coach Gregg Popovich:

The question received a predictable eye roll and exasperated sigh from Gregg Popovich. Are the Spurs thinking about 70? Yes, as in 70 wins.

“No, Jesus,” San Antonio’s no-nonsense coach replied. “You still drunk?”

Spurs opponents are the ones often feeling flattened by a post-New Year hangover. Popovich’s 15th team is off to the best start in franchise annals, owns the league’s best record by a startling four games and, to be fair, is on a 72-win pace.

“I wouldn’t give it a moment’s thought — now or ever,” Popovich added when pressed on 70. “I just think it’s a ridiculous thought.” (source nba.com)

• Popovich also spoke on the Spurs winning big games:

• Express News’ Tim Griffin reports on injured Spurs’ rookie James Anderson who should be back in action soon:

“He’s closer to the floor than he is to the bed,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s  closer to wearing a uniform than he is to wearing civilian clothes.”

Popovich said last week that he expects Anderson to return to the Spurs playing time by the end of the month. But he won’t accompany the team on a road trip this week that will include games at New York, Boston and Indiana.

“He’ll get a lot more out of the rehab here than he will on the road trip,” Popovich said.

• The Spurs extended their lead over the Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division with a recent win over Dallas. However, the Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki who was out with a knee injury. Now add Caron Butler to Dallas’ injury list and he could be out for the entire season:

Missing Dirk Nowitzki for the third consecutive game because of a sprained right knee and Shawn Marion because of a thigh injury, the Mavericks suffered another blow when starting forward Caron Butler injured his right knee in the first quarter. The extend of his injury wasn’t immediately known. (source latimes.com)

Though I’m sure Spurs fans would want to see how this team does against a fully healthy Mavericks team, but these injuries only help the Spurs in the Southwest Division.

• Speaking of the Mavericks, owner Mark Cuban recently said his team is cocky and points to the Spurs as a model for his team:

Cuban’s biggest concern about his team is that the Mavs have a tendency to get “too cocky.”

But Cuban doesn’t believe the Mavs, a team loaded with accomplished veterans who don’t own championship rings, have fully bought in to the concept. He points to the Spurs, the team the Mavs are chasing in the West standings, as an example of a team that has embraced that obsessive approach. (source espn.com)

• Tim Duncan speaks on the Spurs executing on the court:

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