Generally speaking the Spurs style of play has always been a cohesive team play devoid of antics and isolation plays. Chiefly, the Spurs has always strived on their brand of basketball but not without criticism and a bit of ridicule.
Hence, back in 2015 Coach Pop once stated during an interview that:
“I still hate it. I’ll never embrace it.” “I don’t think its basketball. I think it’s kind of like a circus sort of thing.”
Also, he even followed that with the four-point to five-point shots digs.
Moreover, the league has all of a sudden transitioned to making more threes in a game than it usually does. Including, making contested threes on fast breaks. It is important to realize, that most NBA teams consider 3’s useful in adding points for a good lead; however, Coach Pop thinks it is a joke.
“There’s no basketball anymore, there’s no beauty in it. It’s pretty boring.”(nba.com)
Basically, the argument of those who love threes coming down from the sky is this, make 30 points with just 10 makes instead of 15 makes of 2s. Simple right!!! On the contrary, it’s not that simple as it looks on math. The San Antonio Spurs lifeline is on quality and efficient basketball as possible – a team play.
Not to mention, not everybody is as ridiculously gifted as Stephen Curry. Yes, I’m talking to you Houston Rockets, making threes anywhere and hoping to get fouls in the process and putting your gameplay absurdly predictable.
As a matter of fact, the San Antonio Spurs have the highest 3-point percentage team in the league last season with 39.2 %( nba.com). The San Antonio Spurs are not bulk shooters and the Spurs don’t rely on just one to two shooters to win games.