Sunday, 05 April, 2020

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Hammers 'Embarrassing' Trump for Way He 'Conducts Himself'

Vera Richards | 15 May, 2017, 03:11

Gregg Popovich may have joked that his game plan was to pray for the San Antonio Spurs to beat the Golden State Warriors, but really, all he needed was the All-Star version of LaMarcus Aldridge his team is paying for. As we saw in the Rockets series, the Spurs have a bevy of rangy wings that they can play if they want to go small.

All Popovich can hope is that Golden State plays poorly and/or misses some easy shots in four games, which would likely take the intervention of a higher power.

Watch a preview of the Spurs-Warriors series from CBS Sports in the video below.

So it's no wonder that Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, can ponder a matchup with the Cavs even as he admits Golden State has plenty of work ahead to oust the Spurs. Anything can happen in a playoff series.

Shooting skill makes Golden State virtually impossible to defend, especially when the Warriors are zoned in as they are these playoffs. The Spurs already were shorthanded after veteran point guard Tony Parker ruptured a left quadriceps tendon in Game 2. They finished the regular season with the league's best record of 67-15 and are looking for their second National Basketball Association title in three years, winning the trophy in 2015 but losing in the finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions
The sanctions package bill, which was imposed over the regime's weapons programs, was passed in the House by a vote of 419-1. The talks, which are held intermittently, are an informal opportunity for the two sides to exchange opinions and concerns.

Ginobili expounded on the challenge that lies ahead for the Spurs, who are making their 10th appearance in the conference finals since Popovich became their coach 18 games into the 1996-97 season.

The Warriors in the regular season lost two of three to San Antonio.

"We are playing one of the best teams like nearly ever, last year (73) wins, made it to the Finals, this year (67) whatever", Ginobili said.

It was as good an opening as the Spurs could ask for offensively. "They have the whole package, and we've got to all perform and shoot well, and decide not to turn it over to have a chance of winning against Golden State". Or will the San Antonio Spurs claim a crucial road win and gain the early edge as they set their sights on their sixth NBA Championship?

In the playoffs, James is averaging 34.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Both are close friends of the San Antonio coach.

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