Tuesday , Nov , 11 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Greg Popovich: We Need to Play Defense

Lost in the Spurs’ early-season injury-a-palooza, however, has been the notable absence of another star contributor to their championship pedigree. A suffocating defense, the ever-present backbone of the Spurs’ supremacy earlier this decade, has been largely MIA so far.

And yes, coach Gregg Popovich has noticed.

“If we don’t play good defense, it doesn’t matter if we score or not,” said Popovich, whose team is 1-4 for the first time in his 11-plus seasons. “We’re not going to score 110 points a game, so we have to keep people in the 80s or low 90s for wins. That’s how we’ve done it every year.”