24. It’s the number of the hours in the day. It’s the number of cans in a case. And it’s the number of games that the Spurs need to win in the countdown that will eventually elevate Gregg Popovich to third all-time for NBA wins by a coach. Last night’s victory brought Pop one game closer to former Lakers’ coach Pat Riley, his next hurdle in the countdown.
24 is also the amount of minutes in half a game of NBA basketball. Pop pointed this out during a rant when the Spurs were on a particularly tough drought a couple of years ago.
“We played 24 minutes again, as we have for about the last 10 games . . . that’s the disappointing part: We’re not a very consistent team, and we haven’t learned as a group that the game is 48 minutes. We also have some people playing very poorly. You have to participate in your own recovery.”
This season’s Spurs look to be giving it the full 48, win or lose. And as they continue to gel, the wins will come.
So keep rooting on your Spurs as they face the Indiana Pacers Wednesday back home at the AT&T Center.
GO! SPURS! GO!
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