NBA playoffs 2017: Lose-by-36 Popovich is the best Popovich

NBA playoffs 2017: Lose-by-36 Popovich is the best Popovic

NBA playoffs 2017: Lose-by-36 Popovich is the best Popovich

Gregg Popovich was not humbled by the 36-point Spurs’ loss to the Warriors in the second game of the Western Conference final Tuesday night. When it comes to basketball, Pop and humble do not reside in the same county.

Instead, Popovich was unexpectedly open, honest and expansive in a post-game environment. His comments, televised live on ESPN, largely lack snark and condescension. I was not interested in playing those games.

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Maybe that’s a product of sitting through more than two quarters of garbage time. Maybe he had ignited the loss, which put his team 2-0 in the best of seven, out of his system long before he sat for the questions.
But enough of that psychodrama, a word that Pop used during his pressuring. Breaking your real talk is much more useful.

On the response of his team not to hurt the star Kawhi Leonard:
“I do not think they believed, and you have to believe, I do not think that as a group, they actually did, which probably means a little feeling sorry for themselves psychologically, subconsciously, any psychological word you want to use, The way I process it. I do not think they started the game with belief and it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, growl, you know, all that kind of stuff, and that was disappointing. as good as

NBA playoffs 2017: Lose-by-36 Popovich is the best Popovich

Golden State, you’re going to be embarrassed if that’s your way out, and we did it.

“We are going to put it, go get a meal, and game 3 hope to see a different team.”

About what the Spurs need from LaMarcus Aldridge:
“LaMarcus has to score for us (he had eight points on Tuesday), he can not be shy, he rejected punches in the first quarter, he can not do it, he has to score, place and I think he has a great responsibility in the third game to leave and Do something, either for him or for his peers. ”

In Jonathon Simmons being the only Spur who “played to win”:
“Jon was in a category by himself, everyone was in the other category.”

On what needs to be cleaned:
“We blew a great opportunity in the first game, and were the ball losses, thirty-one points of the ball changes are not a good thing, and on the board, we were very passive on the board, especially in the stretch. Far and did not do that. These were the two concerns after Game 1. “

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