But the Spurs have won 19 straight games, matching the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. And they've got Popovich, who has coached four NBA championship teams and seems to be pushing all the right buttons.
“They were being more aggressive than us,” said the Spurs' Manu Ginobili. “They were getting the loose balls. We were turning the ball over a lot. So many things were going wrong.
“Pop was seeing that we were lacking that and he communicated his way.”
The command was captured by TNT's telecast.
Popovich is the rare NBA coach unafraid to deliver a tongue-lashing.
“We've heard that a lot,” said Ginobili. “In the locker room, when nobody else hears it, and with different words, too. So we were not surprised. We knew we had to do it better.”
Now it's the Thunder's turn to respond.