Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his team does not think about its 17-game winning-streak against the Celtics.
“No, I don’t think about it,” said Popovich. “I think it’s a matter of circumstance. It could change at any point, like tonight.”
Popovich said he was not concerned about his team taking the Celtics too lightly.
“I won’t do a damn thing,” said Popovich. “If they do, they do. The (heck) with them. I’m not going to go psychoanalyze everyone and say, ‘Listen, fellas, this team is having a tough time, and if you let up you know what will happen.’ I will give no speeches of that nature. I refuse. And I would think they would be humiliated if I did. If they let up then they let up, and it would be a good lesson for them.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the streak is no accident.
“My guess is they’ve been better,” said Rivers. “I think Tim Duncan has a lot to do with it. Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, David Robinson, Avery Johnson, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, my guess is they have a lot to do with it. But still, 17-of-17, no matter how you put it, it’s a heck of a streak.”