Jeff Koch runs a real great Spurs blog over at Spurs Dynasty, and I suggest you check it out. And with back-to-back games against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and Tuesday, what would be better than having a little back and forth convo with him about the Wolves, the Spurs and the upcoming match ups between the two?
Here’s the thread on that convo, so tune into what Jeff had to say. Also make sure you head over to Spurs Dynasty to check out what I had to say while on his hotseat.
Jonah Steinmeyer: The Spurs have beaten the Wolves twice this season in comeback efforts. Is this anything new to you guys? Are you surprised that you won both of these games?
Jeff Koch: The Spurs seem to be the comeback kids this year. Friday night we came back and beat Indiana (in Indiana) after being down 15 with about 14 minutes to go. It marked the 5th time this season that the team has come back from at least 15 to win a game (twice against the Timberwolves). It is disconcerting that we seem to fall into these deep holes against lesser teams, and night-in night-out effort is one of the big concerns for this team. But with the temperament of this team, the system that’s been in place for almost a decade, the battle tested veterans, and just how well we execute offensively and defensively, we never really feel like we’re out of games. Especially against a young, inexperienced team like the Timberwolves, if we can start to make a push in the 4th quarter and ramp up the intensity on both ends of the court, we’re pretty confident that the other team will fold before we do.
However, I am surprised that we won both of the Minnesota games in such fashion. I watched the first game after the fact, so i already knew the outcome ahead of time. but our second meeting (in san antonio) seemed like one of those games when a young, hungry team comes in and just out-hustles the older, veteran team who is kind of tired and probably looking past the game. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but i know that at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Timberwolves had a sizable lead and a sizable momentum advantage and were simply just outplaying us. Frankly, I didn’t think we had a comeback in us, and in years past, we never would have won that game. That’s something different about this year’s team.
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