Found June 05, 2012 on
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
"I thought we spotted them 24 minutes," San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 5. "I don't think we competed very well in the first half and they competed for 48."
A few choice words were all it took for Popovich to sum up a disappointing home loss in what could've been the most important game in this Western Conference Finals series.
The Thunder, after starting the series out 0-2 have now taken control of the series and took away home court advantage and are one win away from the NBA Finals. According to Thunder forward Kevin Durant, taking is exactly what he expected his team to do.
"We never just thought we were supposed to wait our turn," Durant said.
The Spurs took advantage of a slow start by the Thunder, who scored their first two points of the game with 8:29 remaining in the first. As has been the case in the last two games, missed opportunities came back to haunt the Spurs, who used two Tim Duncan jumpers to get ahea...
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Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is back in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
Ginobili replaces Danny Green, who is shooting just 8 of 28 in the Western Conference finals. It's the first start for Ginobili since March 23 and just his eighth all season.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wouldn't discuss any lineup changes before the game...
SAN ANTONIO – Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was a battle of the sixth man and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden won.
The stats sheet will show that the Spurs Manu Ginobili scored 34 points and that Harden scored 20. The difference between the two..
To read this story and watch post game footage along with James Harden's clutch shot, please click the link below.
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During his career, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has provided us with many classic moments.The fine folks over at Turner Sports decided to put together a compilation of his best sound bytes during his time in the league and if we learned anything from this five-minute clip, coach Pop can dole out some memorable lines:
After taking a 2-0 series lead, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has seen his team lose three straight games to the Oklahoma City Thunder.As you may figure, coach Popovich wasn't exactly pleased with his team's play and when doing in-game interview with TNT's Craig Sager last night, he did it in record fashion by only saying four words:
Ah, the in-game interview. It’s a time for the viewer to get inside the head of coaches when they’re the heat of battle. We get to hear about how the coach thinks his team is playing, what adjustments he’s making, and how he really feels about the game at that exact moment.
Craig Sager attempted to allow us to get inside of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s head during Game 5...
One of the main areas of concern for the San Antonio Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich on the road in Oklahoma City was their lack of production in the second quarter.
“We have sucked in the second quarter,” said Popovich in his pregame press conference before the Spurs and Thunder prepare to battle in game five at the AT&T Center.
Popovich said he’s been unable to...
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The in-game interview is a useful exercise... in theory. An intrepid sideline reporter gets a chance to ask a coach a few hard-hitting questions about the game as it unfolds. In sports like hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer, these interviews offer a rare look at a coach's thought process during a game... in theory. Most of the time, these interviews offer nothing more...
Gregg Popovich believes San Antonio's carelessness with the ball has turned the series in the Thunder's favor.
That 20-game winning streak covering seven weeks is but a distant memory. The Spurs have lost three straight to the Thunder and face the closeout game on the road Wednesday in Oklahoma City. San Antonio cruised through the regular season and the first 10 games of the playoffs, showcasing its depth and versatility. In Monday night's 108-103 loss at home, the Spurs were reduced...
The San Antonio Spurs return home tonight after a mildly disappointing couple of games in Oklahoma City. After another stink bomb of a 2nd quarter, the Spurs looked like they might come back from a 12 point half time deficit. They got within three points early in the fourth quarter, seemed to trade baskets with the Thunder until Kevin Durant went nuts, scoring 16 points in the...
At this point, we’re expecting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to step to the podium in some eye catching outfit that we’ll be discussing… until the next game. With the series all tied up 2-2, let’s look at today’s Style war features KD and Russ vs. Manu Ginobili. Whenever I see Manu in post game, [...]
And so another round of questions will begin in San Antonio. Are the Spurs too old? Has the Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker trio run its course? Is it time to rebuild? Hard to believe a franchise that has fashioned the best record in the Western Conference the last two years needs to broken up, but consecutive playoff disappointments leave many people asking tough questions...
The San Antonio Spurs suffered a tough loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-103. With the loss, the Spurs are down down 2-3 in the series as the scene shifts to OKC for a pivotal Game 6.
So what did the Spurs and Thunder have to say after the game? Check out what Manu Ginobili, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, Thunder head coach Scott...
When an elite team like San Antonio stumbles, everyone has a theory. Here’s Gregg Doyle:
Do something, Gregg Popovich. Same goes for you, Tim Duncan. Do something. Anything. Do more than what you guys did as the Western Conference finals shifted to Oklahoma City, and I’m not just talking geographically.
This series is now knotted at two games each and the Spurs remain in possession...
SAN ANTONIO - The Oklahoma City Thunder climbed within one victory of the NBA Finals, holding off a furious comeback by the San Antonio Spurs to win 108-103 Monday at the AT&T Center in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder had led by 13 with five minutes left, and by five with 28.8 seconds remaining. But Manu Ginobili could not hit a rushed 3-pointer in the final...