SAN ANTONIO -- Quiet concern brews in the business and ticket offices of the San Antonio Spurs over the prospect of losing the revenue they'd come to expect like clockwork from advancing to 20 consecutive postseasons.
That has allowed the Spurs to run off a three-game winning streak for the first time since late December as they prepare to host the Golden State Warriors Monday night.
It's been rewarding, as counterintuitive as that sounds." Still, the payoff might manifest itself in the form of a 21st straight trip to the playoffs, which would extend the longest active streak of postseason appearances across all four U.S.
San Antonio remains the only team in the NBA to accomplish such a feat this season on multiple occasions.
And in a diverse locker room that includes players from France, Spain, Latvia, Australia and Argentina, Popovich believes it's important for the Spurs to get to know one another off the court for them to be more empathetic about the experiences of others, which in turn makes them more accountable on the court.