Originally written December 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
Popovichface
OKLAHOMA CITY Got to talk with Gregg Popovich the other day when San Antonio came to town for a game against the Thunder. Got me thinking, too, on how drastically different these teams approach the regular season. In Oklahoma City, the company line is, "We're just trying to get better." In San Antonio, the lines, the reasoning and the direction from Popovich, the Spurs coach, hasn't changed over the years. It's always about getting ready for the playoffs. Even in December. So, while the Thunder are playing their best basketball of the season and the best basketball they have played since moving to Oklahoma City, winning12 in a row before Thursday's lossat Minnesota, the Spurs were busy not playing their starters in a close game Monday in Oklahoma City. Hard to argue with Popovich and his way of seeing things. The Spurs have been a model franchise. They lost to the Thunder in the Western finals last season, but let's look at what the Thunder are do...
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