Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference Coach of the Month
Second consecutive month Popovich has earned the honor
SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2012) – For the second consecutive month San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich was named the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in March. Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors.
Popovich guided the Spurs to a 12-3 (.800) record in March, including a seven-game win streak to close out the month and victories in nine of the team's last 10 games. During the month, the Spurs ranked first with 107.1 points per game, nearly six points above their season average of 101.4. San Antonio posted an 8-2 record at home for the month to improve to 21-4 overall at the AT&T Center, second-best in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-4). The Silver and Black picked up home wins over Orlando, Dallas, Philadelphia and Indiana. San Antonio went 4-1 on the road, including a 114-105 win March 16 at Western-Conference leading Oklahoma City, only the Thunder's third home loss.
Over the last two months San Antonio has posted a 23-5 (.821) record, best in the NBA. During that stretch the Spurs had an 11-game win-streak from Jan. 30 – Feb. 20 which is the longest in the NBA this season. After starting the season 2-8 on the road, the Spurs are 13-2 away from the AT&T Center since Jan. 30.
This marks the 14th time that Popovich has been named the NBA's Coach of the Month. It's the second time he has won the award in back-to-back months (Nov. and Dec. 2010). He is the only coach in NBA history to have won the award 14 times. The NBA's Coach of the Month award first started in the 1982-83 season and later split into the Western and Eastern Conference awards beginning in the 2002-03 season.