CHICAGO CUBS

Miguel Montero means business…

“The reality is we can’t take anything for granted and right now, I feel like we do,” Montero told reporters following Tuesday afternoon’s 10-4 loss to the Rockies in Game 1 of a split doubleheader. “Honestly, we’re just not playing at our highest level. We have to shake it up, wake up. This will be a good wake-up call for us. We either come to play the right way or we’re going to have a short season.”

ZAZA

“My approach to this game for 14 years that I’ve been in the league is to play hard and [give] 100 percent of whatever I have. So I don’t agree with the calls that I’m a dirty player. I’m not a dirty player. I love this game, and I’m playing hard. That’s what I was taught since day one.”

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…

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