Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pop: There will be no upsets

Some argue the home-court edge isn’t as important in the Western Conference this postseason. Some think it’s more so considering how tightly bunched everyone is.

Coaches will take any edge and an extra game at home is a pretty nice one.

“Given a choice, obviously any team will take home court,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said today. “You’d be foolish not to, but the best team wins the championship every year and wins on the road, so it’s probably not that big of a deal, especially this year.”

OK, that doesn’t settle much. San Antonio’s skipper was clear about another subject once the pairings are set.

“There will be what you call ‘upset’ in the playoffs and you will be wrong,” Pop said to the assembled media. “There won’t be any upsets because there is no eighth seed and there is no first seed. Everybody is just as good as the other person – just beating each other’s brains out.

“We’re two games out of first and two games out of eighth. You have to stop and think how can that be? That’s impossible and it’s the same for everybody.”
In other Spurs’ news, Robert Horry is out with a bum knee.

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