“You hope that you’ve done your homework. You hope that you’ve done enough research, what kind of character guys have, how they’re going to adjust to team play. If they have the mental ability to grow, to learn, become better players. Because lots of times it’s not a question of physicality, it’s between the ears. That’s a function of character so as much research as you can do, you do. But it’s hard to hit, be correct, every single time.”
Warriors beat the Spurs last night 136-100 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Golden State now leads the series 2-0 as they head to Texas.
Here’s Pop after the game:
“It’s not about O’s and X’s or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that. I think we’ve maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don’t think … as I watched, I don’t think they believed and you have to believe. I don’t think, as a group, they really did. Which means probably a little bit feeling sorry for themselves, you know, psychologically, subconsciously, whatever psychobabble word you want to use. That’s the way I process it.
I don’t think they started the game with the belief … I don’t think it was one guy who didn’t believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. I think, as a group, they just let themselves down. We talked about it during the game, halftime, after the game – because I think the truth always quote unquote ‘sets you free.’
You can’t sugar coat it or say ‘if we would have just made a couple shots, we’d have been right there.’ That’s pretty lame. So call it like it is. We didn’t come to play, we felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are.”
Always play the right way…
Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court…
It’s here. First day of the NBA playoffs. Flush the records down the toilet.
Pacers at Cavaliers, 3 p.m. ABC
Bucks at Raptors, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Grizzlies at Spurs, 8 p.m. ESPN
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN
For each game I will be charting the foul or defend. Three-point shooting and assists to turnovers.
Enjoy the games…
Following a game winning shot by Kawhi Leonard:
“He does that every night. I mean, everybody worked hard. Kawhi is obviously a talented young man, and he knocked down the last shot. But it’s always a team effort. I thought we hung tough. We didn’t play that sharp. Usually, your first game after a long road trip is pretty tough. We didn’t shoot well in the first half, and they hung in there. The mental toughness showed. They just kept playing, kept playing. We made a lot of mistakes, but they played through them. That was the best part of the game.”
Gregg Popovich after the Spurs lost to the Mavericks:
“Too many mental errors defensively. I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that’s fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly.”
“Kobe did it the right way.”
“I admired the passion on a daily basis.”
“With Kobe Bryant his competitive fire manifests itself during practice, during games, summer workouts, during conversation.”
From Gregg Popovich:
“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items. You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players.”