Divisions are almost forgotten in the NBA. They exist still as quaint reminders of days gone by, but they don’t matter other than as a potential tie breaker with a non-division-winning team. Winning your division doesn’t even guarantee a team a playoff
The San Antonio Spurs blew out the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AT&T Center on Monday night to push LeBron James and Co., out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. While San Antonio eclipsed the 100-point plateau yet again, it was the Spurs' defense that stuck out to legendary head coach Gregg Popovich and he explained why when meeting with the media following the final buzzer. As you can see from the video clip above, courtesy of Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, Popovich believes that it was San Antonio's efforts on the defensive end that ultimately led to their easy opportunities on the offensive end. With the win, Popovich and the Spurs improve their all-time record
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are both known as high-scoring, three-happy squads that would rather run from end to end than get bogged down in a game played in the halfcourt. Golden State shot 51.1 percent from the field with 33 assists, with the star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green accounting for 76 points on 30-of-57 shooting (52.6 percent) by themselves. The Warriors’ fine offensive showing included a 21-7 run over most of the final seven minutes of the first quarter that made it seem as if the Rockets would be in for a long night.