Spurs coach Gregg Popovich takes blame after one other loss: ‘I’ve obtained to do a greater job’ | NBA


The Spurs have confronted deficits by margins of 30 factors or extra in back-to-back video games for the primary time in coach Gregg Popovich’s tenure as head coach after San Antonio fell to Houston 136-105 Friday. 

Popovich admitted after the loss that he has to discover a approach to do a greater job of teaching this group. 

“It is a recreation the place you attempt to proceed to get higher in any respect features,” Popovich mentioned (through ESPN). “We’re clearly discombobulated on offense. So a variety of that has to do with me. I’ve obtained to do a greater job there. I believe defensively, we have clearly obtained to shore up our effort and our knowledge at that finish of the courtroom. So we have got a variety of work to do.”

A number of gamers shared Popovich’s frustration after one more rout, with guard Patty Mills saying the group feels “embarrassed and deflated.”

“It is the large image. It is who we characterize after we put these jerseys on,” Mills mentioned. “It is who we play for. It is a lot greater than that, and we have to perceive that we’re right here only for a short while amongst this group that will probably be right here for lots longer than we’re. We have got to take satisfaction in that.”

Friday’s loss dropped the Spurs to 10-12, they usually now rank 14th within the Western Convention. San Antonio hasn’t ranked within the backside two spots within the convention standings this late within the season (after 20 video games) for the reason that 1996-97 marketing campaign, ESPN notes.

“Our frustration positively simply comes from dropping the way in which we did, however on no account, form or kind is it going to interrupt us or something like that,” guard DeMar DeRozan mentioned.

The Spurs have a break day earlier than going through the 13-9 Path Blazers on Sunday. 

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