The San Antonio Spurs own the second-best record in the NBA at 16-4, but the mood around the team, surprisingly, is one of dissatisfaction.
The Spurs are also undefeated on the road but four defeats at home and only a win in the final seconds at the AT&T Center to the lowly Washington Wizards in their last outing produced cause for concern.
Despite the win, veteran Manu Ginobili picked out some positives from the team's recent play but it was his overall assessment that was quite damning.
“It’s taking us a while to get into the rhythm, the aggressiveness we need to get leads. So yeah, we’re not playing well," Ginobili said.
"But the good thing is that meanwhile, we are getting wins, and we are maintaining a good record. We have an 80 percent winning percentage, and we don’t feel like we are playing that well.”
For most franchises, this may be an overreaction but the Spurs are not most teams. Thanks to the demands of head coach Gregg Popovich, they pride themselves on playing their brand of unselfish basketball which is based on regular ball and player movement and winning in their style.
In a victory over the Dallas Mavericks in November, Popovich described it as a "pathetic performance". This shows that Pop values performance and is not always satisfied with wins if they don't come in the manner that he's come to expect.
In that respect, at times he would much rather see his team lose by playing the way he wants than winning in a different manner altogether. It's what makes him the best coach in the league and the Spurs such a successful organisation under his tenure.