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Gregg Popovich has been head coach of the San Antonio Spurs since 1996, so he has a pretty good relationship with NBA refs. But what was Pops talking to the ref about over the weekend? NESN readers had a few ideas and submitted their #NESNcaption answers, which can be seen below. David Francis Hold've got a skeeter on yer forehead....right.....THERE! Bryan Tarbox C'mon brah don't leave me hangin Paul Raymond ‎"Stop...In the name of love...before you break my heart. Think it o..over!" ;) Lucas Correira Dude, mom made pizza bagels Michael Pandolfo ‎5 years and the rest of those...

Popovich's nasty words give Spurs extra push

The word nasty and its cousin filthy are enjoying a renaissance of sorts in sports linguistics. No longer relegated to describing how little boys feel about peas or tea parties, nasty has come to describe the phenomenon of being so good it is almost naughty. Filthy slider. Nasty defense. So it was all kinds of word-genius during a Game 1 timeout when cameras caught Spurs coach...

Pop to Spurs: 'I want some nasty!'

With his team down by nine to the Thunder in the 4th quarter, the Spurs head coach had some choice words for his squad, telling the players, "I want some nasty!" in a huddle.

Video: Popovich wants “some nasty”

Sometimes the NBA huddle isn’t about making any major adjustments or going to the board to show how your team needs to execute. Sometimes it is finding the write words to motivate your team. Gregg Popovich went to the latter prior to the 4th quarter in yesterday’s San Antonio Spurs victory. The Spurs were trailing [...]

Popovich spurs San Antonio to Game 1 win

With the Spurs in danger of dropping the first game of the Western Conference finals, and with it the home-court edge, coach Gregg Popovich called for his troops to get "nasty." Popovich prodded them to defend, take good shots and fight. He wanted them to play like the Spurs team that's gone undefeated for 19 games stretching back more than six weeks. They did...

‘I want some nasty’ shirts already popular among Spurs fans (Pictures)

As expected, the phrase “I want some nasty” has caught on quickly in San Antonio. When the Spurs erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Thunder, they did so after Gregg Popovich was heard urging his players to dig deep and yelling “I want some nasty!” at them. The team responded by grinding out a huge victory, and a new catch phrase has been...

Can Someone get Gregg Popovich some Nasty?

When your last name ends in -ich, you know the basics are not going to cut it. [Follow me @TravisHouser]

Elderly female Spurs fan dons ‘I Want Some Nasty’ shirt, internet goes crazy (pic/video)

Obviously, the message extolled on the t-shirt worn by this gracefully aging woman is in reference to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich saying he wanted some nasty out of his players in an on-court huddle during the 4th quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Well, at least I desperately hope [...]

Spurs-Thunder Preview

Gregg Popovich implored his San Antonio Spurs to get nasty to take control of the Western Conference finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder may just have to get ugly if they hope to make it a series. The Thunder have struggled to corral a San Antonio offense that is clicking on all cylinders during a 20-game winning streak, the longest any NBA team has been able to maintain into the...

Spurs take game 1 over Thunder

The Spurs found a way to win game one against Oklahoma City despite looking terrible for three quarters. - Gregg Popovich challenged his team to get nasty with their defense, and Stephen Jackson responded with tough defense on Kevin Durant. - Russell Westbrook is getting a ton of heat for his lame play in the 4th quarter, but Gregg Doyle just eviscerates him in this column, pointing...

Popovich discusses chances of Blair playing in game one

Driving up to the AT&T Center tonight, I noticed the media parking lot was almost at capacity. I walked into the media room and there were tons of media seating areas in our writing room. For two small market franchises who are not known for a lot of publicity, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will be getting a lot of attention as their Western Conference Finals...

NBA Western Conference Finals

                On Sunday night the Western Conference Finals begin in San Antonio. On one side are the veteran and methodical San Antonio Spurs; in their fifteenth straight postseason under the guidance of head coach Gregg Popovich and with four championships since 1999. On the other side, you will find the inexperienced but supremely talented and athletic Oklahoma City...

OKC and the Spurs: Game Two Adjustments

NBA head coaches do not always command the full attention of their teams during timeouts in February. Their guys are sometimes watching the Red Panda as the coach sketches out an inbounds play on his dry erase clipboard. Sometimes that's even understandable. In late May, however, with the playoff stakes driving all eyes towards that coach's every word, a guy like Gregg Popovich...

Ginobili's Turn

By Jerome Watson After watching his Spurs get out-hustled and out-played in the series versus Memphis a year ago, Gregg Popovich knew he needed all of his players at their best when it mattered. More importantly than improving the overall depth of the team, more importantly than infusing youth into the group, Popovich knew in order to make another serious run at the title he...
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