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A struggling San Antonio Spurs team watched their season-long lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder dissipate to a half-game margin to control the top seed in the Western Conference.
But the top seed, no matter how advantageous it may be to secure, has never been the aim of the Spurs or their head coach Gregg Popovich.
There is enough respect in all eight eventual playoff seeds, and enough confidence in their own abilities, that the Spurs know the journey will be tough regardless of where they begin it, and that they can win it if granted enough health.
So even as Popovich watched his team twice surrender crippling runs to a younger Thunder team, it wasn't the Spurs shoddy play that concerned him, but the gait of his star point guard as he brought the ball up the floor. The San Antonio Express-News reported:
“I saw him come across half court actually limping at one time, so that’s when we pulled him,” Popovich said. “I said ‘Tony, you’ve got to stop, so we can figure out what it is.’ He just couldn’t go.”
Since returning from an ankle injury, Parker has at times eschewed his customary post game locker room style in favor of ice and bandages.
At this point in the season every player is seemingly a little banged up, with the hope being that treatment and adrenaline will keep those maladies from seeping into their game.
The Spurs are generally less divulging than their peers when it comes to injury reports, and true to form Parker refused to disclose any information other than his need to get healthy. So when Popovich expresses his concern, this close to the playoffs, it's enough to give everyone pause.
Popovich's best estimation of Parker's injury was something along the lines of shin splints, an inconvenient but overcome able injury; though Popovich would be first to admit he's not a doctor and the Spurs training staff will likely give Parker a more thorough evaluation.
If Parker is in any need of extended rest, the top seed is likely unattainable. With Ginobili already threatening to miss the opening of the playoffs, the Spurs are already facing an uphill climb.
The Spurs need more than recovery from Parker, they need time to allow for a return of conditioning lost in an extended absence, and a chance at regaining rhythm.
If Thursday night proved anything, it's that while the Thunder are a formidable opponent, they're not as daunting as the Spurs own health.
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As it have been previously posted on this fair website, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich isn't really a fan of these between-quarter interviews.During Thursday night's Thunder/Spurs game, TNT's Craig Sager attempted to get Pop to answer some simple questions.However, Gregg decided to keep his responses rather brief....
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Gregg Popovich's San Antonio home was reportedly broken into as part of a series of burglaries that have occurred since January.
A crime spree in San Antonio has hit a little too close to home for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
An upscale neighborhood in San Antonio, known as The Dominion, has been the victim to 11 burglaries and four thefts in January, including Popovich's home, reports the San Antonio Express News.
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Coach Gregg Popovich blasted his team after they barely beat the Atlanta Hawks
The San Antonio Spurs just won their 57th game last night against the Atlanta Hawks, but judging on the post game quotes, you would have thought they had lost. The Hawks despite not having their two best players in Josh Smith and Al Horford still managed to keep the game competitive losing by the score...
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker wasn’t himself Thursday night when the team took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s been banged up for much of the season – dealing with a bevy of injuries – and coach Gregg Popovich is “very concerned,” according to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk.After scoring two points on 1-of-6 shooting over the first three quarters of Thursday’s...
During last night's highly anticipated Thunder-Spurs matchup in OKC, it was the clash of the Western Conference's top-two teams, but also another shared moment for Gregg Popovich and TNT's Craig Sager.
Pop, who is notorious for being rather short with his answers while looking annoyed with reporters, treated us to another "classic Pop" moment with Sager...
These will never get old. Coach Pop gave him exactly 9 words after two seemingly long, well thought out questions by Craig Sager. You could tell Craig really put in the effort to ask good questions. Okay, maybe not the first one, that one was doomed for failure before the words even left his mouth. I know this is all good and fun, but I just can’t help to think that there is genuine...
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“Nando (De Colo) kept us together pretty well,” said San Antonio Spurs head Coach Gregg Popovich Wednesday evening after the Spurs defeated the Orlando Magic 98-84. De Colo, who started in place of Tony Parker (Sore left ankle), finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block in 29 minutes of play.
Before the game, asked if De Colo...
It may have been a tough loss versus the Thunder last night in Oklahoma for the San Antonio Spurs but at least head coach Gregg Popovich gave us another one of his classic sideline interviews.
Needless to say, with the Spurs down 11 points to the Thunder, Pop was not in the best of moods to discuss the game when TNT's Craig Sager had the unenviable task to talk to Pop.
The San Antonio Spurs barely escaped the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night in a 99-97 contest at the AT&T Center. The Spurs were without Tony
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Tony Parker, who recently missed about three weeks with an ankle sprain, was pulled from Thursday’s game against the Thunder early in the fourth quarter due to an unidentified leg injury. Gregg Popovich thinks Parker has tendinitis in his shin and is very concerned about his All-Star point guard. After learning Manu Ginobili would miss three-to-four weeks with a hamstring injury...