Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spurs win 71 games, Popovich wins Coach of the Year, and Kevin Durant wins MVP.

The defending champions know how to play the game, but Coach Popovich knows how to lead. The Spurs en route to their championship defense in the playoffs, won a masterful 71 games (71-11), coming close to the historic 72-win Chicago Bulls season but with their eyes on the prize instead.

Kevin Durant won the Most Valuable Player award and gave a tearful speech filled with humility and gratitude for his mother's impact on his life and success, hoping for a good post-season with his Thunder team. The Spurs will likely have to contend with the Thunder if they want to reach the Finals again to properly defend their title, but Durant won't make it easy.

Ray Allen tied Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks in 3PT shooting percentage at 45%, making 226 total long balls, bested only by Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, who had 272.

The Spurs as a team had the best shooting, with Kawhi Leonard on top, and JJ Barea won Sixth Man of the Year for the Dallas Mavericks, who were edged out of the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans. San Antonio looks forward to playing them in the first round, as NO was one of only three teams (the Thunder, as well) to defeat the Spurs at home this season

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