June 26, 2022

San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich can develop into the winningest coach in NBA historical past when his Spurs play host to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night time.

However you gained’t catch Popovich speaking concerning the document, as a result of his focus is on attempting to climb the standings and attain the post-season.

The Spurs’ 117-110 win over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers on Monday allowed Popovich to equal Don Nelson’s mark with 1,335 profession victories.

Dejounte Murray had 26 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists within the win as all 5 starters hit double figures. Jakob Poeltl and Josh Richardson scored 18 factors apiece, Keldon Johnson added 13 and Doug McDermott chipped in 11. The Spurs survived a ragged remaining 4 minutes and a woeful 16-of-30 exhibiting from the foul line to snap a four-game shedding streak.

“We didn’t deal with the ball and I believed we have been sloppy,” Popovich mentioned. “We have been somewhat bit fast, not very affected person. However we performed good defence down the stretch, and that’s what fuelled our lead. We weren’t nice offensively, however we received loads of good stops. We’re thrilled with the win.”

San Antonio entered Tuesday in twelfth place within the Western Convention, 2½ video games out of the tenth spot and a berth within the play-in event with 17 video games left in its common season.

Popovich, 73, is in his twenty sixth season with the Spurs and has guided them to 5 NBA championships.

Poeltl mentioned discuss Popovich’s pending document was off limits within the locker-room.

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“You guys know Pop – I don’t suppose he actually cares about stuff like that,” Poeltl mentioned. “Didn’t even actually get talked about. I doubt it would get talked about once we get the following win. It’s simply how he’s. It’s actually spectacular, although.”

The Raptors head to San Antonio after a 104-96 loss in Cleveland on Sunday, their third consecutive setback. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 24 factors whereas Chris Boucher added 21 and Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes scored 19 every.

“There’s loads of issues that we’ve to do higher, and we’ve accomplished it earlier than, so it’s not prefer it’s not potential to be accomplished,” Boucher mentioned.

Toronto was with out All-Star Fred VanVleet for the fifth consecutive contest due to knee soreness and OG Anunoby missed his seventh straight recreation with a fractured finger.

“[The lineup] sort of retains altering, who’s going the place, and in basketball when it’s two guys, it may very well be a domino impact [where] three or 4 guys are transferring positions,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “So, I feel it regarded somewhat clunky the final couple of video games on high of not a ton of power. We’re cleansing it up slowly right here with this group.”

Toronto started Tuesday in seventh place within the East, 2½ video games up on Charlotte and Brooklyn and three video games in again of Cleveland for sixth. If the Raptors can overtake the Cavaliers, they’d be in place to keep away from the play-in event.