Found May 28, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
With the athleticism and scoring ability that the Thunder possess, the Spurs know they have their hands full in the Western Conference finals. In order to win a seven-game series against Oklahoma City, San Antonio can’t try to run with them. Instead, they will have to use their depth to keep fresh legs on the court and try to get Kevin Durant and company into grind-it-out types of games. With that in mind, Gregg Popovich’s battle cry during the Spurs Game 1 victory makes perfect sense. “I want some nasty!” Popovich could be heard saying during the broadcast according to The Statesman. Nasty he requested and nasty he received. Trailing by nine headed into the fourth quarter, the Spurs outscored the Thunder 39-27 down the stretch and held on for a 101-98 victory. Led by Manu Ginobli’s team-high 26 points, they finally began attacking the basket and holding Oklahoma City accountable on defense. “I said that?” Popovich said after the game when asked about his new catch phrase. ”The h...
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