SPURS VS WARRIORS

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…

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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NBA ACTION IS FANTASTIC

Saturday: 4/15/17

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court…

-Kurtis Blow

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…

Coach Finamore

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

GREGG POPOVICH

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.”

THE MENTAL SIDE

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.” 

FILM SESSION

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.”

GREGG POPOVICH

Popovich was asked if he ever sees qualities in a player he coaches against that make him think the player could become a coach someday:
 
“I think it has to do with what kind of people they are. How interested they are in the game. How much they study it. What their relationships to other people are like. Do they command respect? Are they leaders? All of those things go into figuring out whether a player is cut out to be a coach. They have to be goofy enough to want to do it. It’s a stupid job.”