Amar’e Stoudemire, Steve Nash Now Have San Antonio Spurs In a Stranglehold

January 5th, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Gregg Popovich followed a wince with a chuckle. This question both amused and infuriated him more than the one about 70 wins two nights ago. A poor sap wanted to know: was the Spurs' coach used to seeing the Knicks "play defense like this?"

The query implied that New York surrendering 115 points on 54 percent shooting qualified as adequate. Popovich responded in the only manner possible after a 128-115 defeat at Madison Square Garden. He drowned his blatant rage—and the throng of reporters attempting to interrogate him—with well-timed humor.

“I wouldn’t say there will be a line outside of the arena to buy either of our defensive playbooks,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News.

He opened his post-game presser with a line that could have applied last spring.

"The New York Knicks kicked our ass," he said.

He could have replaced the Knicks with the Phoenix Suns. Popovich could have been sitting at an AT&T Center podium pondering the bitter end after an eye-opening sweep. Raymond Felton replaced Steve Nash for one night and a theme became apparent.

The Spurs ne ...

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