Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference Coach of the Month
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich and the Brooklyn Nets Jason Kidd today were named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
Popovich guided the Spurs to a perfect 16-0 record in the month of March and currently has the Silver and Black sitting atop the NBA at 58-16 overall. San Antonio posted a 9-0 record at home to improve to 29-8 overall at the AT&T Center. The Silver and Black picked up home wins over Miami, Dallas and Portland. The Spurs posted a 7-0 road record for March, with key wins at Chicago, Golden State and Indiana. The Silver and Black have the best road record in the NBA at 29-8 and enter the month of April riding a franchise-best 18-game winning streak dating back to Feb. 26.
For the month San Antonio averaged 111.9 points while limiting its opponents to 94.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting, best in the NBA. The Silver and Black had eight players average at least 8.0 points with Tony Parker leading the way, averaging 15.1 points. In their 16 victories, the Spurs had seven different leading scorers. San Antonio averaged a league-best 28.3 assists per game in March, including eight games with 30-or-more assists. For the month the Spurs shot an NBA-best 49.2 percent from the field and a league-best 43.7 percent from long range.
This marks the 15th time that Popovich has been named the NBA’s Coach of the Month and is the only coach in NBA history to have won the award 15 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.