The San Antonio Spurs play the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season in a highly anticipated game between the two best teams in the NBA.
The Spurs have a +15.4 Efficiency Differential compared to +12.1 for the Warriors.
“I know them pretty well,” Steve Kerr said. “It’s remarkable to me that I’m 50 years old and have been retired for 13 years, and they have three guys and a coach who are still on that team.
“It makes no sense. The continuity and the program they’ve built is amazing.”
The Spurs have won five titles between 1999 and 2014.
“That’s why they’re legends or why they’re going to be legends when they’re done,” Stephen Curry said. “Obviously, those three guys and Coach Popovich are the main foundation of that, but they’ve been able to add pieces as they’ve gone through their careers and stay at a high level. It’s a lot about the tone and atmosphere and expectations that they set.
“When you wear a Spurs uniform, you better be ready to elevate your game to their level. That’s the most impressive thing. … They’re the standard.”