The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs produced one of the more thrilling contests of the evening on Tuesday, with the Spurs escaping with the 114-106 victory in Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a hard-fought battle, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had nothing but good things to say about his adversary on the evening. According to the 71-year-old veteran shot-caller, he firmly believes that Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has done a tremendous job with his squad all season long.

The Thunder came into the season with some relatively low expectations. After trading away their two best players in Russell Westbrook and Paul George during the summer, OKC was in full rebuild mode. They did get Chris Paul from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Westbrook, but it was heavily expected that the 10-time All-Star would force his way out of Oklahoma. Not only did he end up playing for the Thunder, but the fact that Paul seems to have already completely bought in to the team's objectives this season is already testament to how well Donovan runs his ship.

The Thunder have gone beyond all expectations thus far this season, as they sit well within the playoffs picture in a ruthless Western Conference. Currently, at 32-22, the Thunder occupies the sixth spot in the West, and are looking like a legitimate playoff team at this point in the season. There's no denying that the Thunder star in one of the best narratives in the NBA this term, with coach Donovan at the very center of this intriguing Cinderella story.