Gregg Popovich was not humbled by the Spurs’ 36-point loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. When it comes to basketball, Pop and humble don’t reside in the same county.
Instead, Popovich was unexpectedly open, honest and expansive in a postgame setting. His comments, televised live on ESPN, largely lacked snark and condescension. He was mostly uninterested in playing those games.
Maybe that’s a product of sitting through two-plus quarters of garbage time. Maybe he had flushed the defeat, which put his team down 2-0 in the best-of-seven, out of his system long before he sat down for questions.
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