They know how close they are to moving on to the next round and how close they are to being sent home from the Western Conference playoffs.
The Spurs and
“We don’t really do the Knute Rockne thing very often,” Spurs Coach
The Spurs have been in this position before, and have been successful.
They have won 11 of 14 best-of-seven series when tied 2-2.
So it's not as if they need some sort of message from Popovich for this first-round series.
“I don’t think we need to talk about it,” Spurs forward
"The series is 2-2. The game after this one is going to (leave one team) one game away from ending the series. So it's very important to be able to win that Game (5). Everybody is in their mind-set. We don't need to say anything."
The Spurs are having problems shooting the ball in the series.
They have shot over 50% in just one game — Game 2's victory.
They are making 44.5% of their shots from the field and 31.8% from three-point range in the first four games.
"The shots are executed by human beings," Popovich said, "and sometimes your shot will go in and sometimes it won't, because it's not really a machine that's shooting the ball.
"Some nights you're going to be better than others. Sometimes the defense has a lot to do with it. Sometimes you just miss shots. It's a little bit of both."