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Thumbs up for Duncan-Popovich combo

Updated: December 2, 2010, 6:31 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Spurs can thank Tim Duncan for their revved-up offense and NBA-best record, even though Duncan is taking the fewest shots of his career and much of their success has come with smaller contributions from him. The Spurs are playing faster, scoring more and winning with greater frequency because coach Gregg Popovich told them to. Why do Popovich's words matter, and how is he still coaching the Spurs 14 years after he took over? Because Duncan made it so.

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