Defensive-minded Spurs put fun into coaching for Popovich

One of the things Gregg Popovich enjoys most about this young Spurs team is it’s all-in approach to one of his core basketball values.

“It’s been great fun with these guys because they are really committed to playing defense,” the coach said.

That’s been evident in the Spurs forcing 20-plus turnovers and scoring 20-plus points off them in each of their first three games.

The sample size is small, but the Spurs through Saturday ranked second in the league in opponent turnover percentage and fifth in points off turnovers.

“I don’t know if we are going to force that many turnovers every game, but if you are playing good defense, that’s part of it and you are probably going to end up on the right side of it (statistically),” Popovich said after Saturday night’s 121-111 loss to Milwaukee.

Forward Devin Vassell, though, believes the Spurs can bring the energy needed to continue their disruptive ways throughout the season.

“That’s our goal,” he said. “We are going to try to play that way every day, all night. We can’t control our shots going in and out, but we can control our energy, and that’s going to be our biggest thing this year.”

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Spurs forward Keldon Johnson’s failed attempt to dunk on Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo left his teammates in awe of his chutzpah.

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