Gregg Popovich - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Gregg Popovich Ginobili's uncertain future has Spurs fans feeling anxious SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili was swept away by the emotions of a sold-out home crowd serenading him with chants of "Manu, Manu" and rising as one for a standing ovation in the closing minutes of the Western Conference Finals. Spurs fans were saying goodbye, but did not want to let go of the star who helped San Antonio win four of its five NBA Champion... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:32:00Z Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals. Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them. It's why Durant signed with the Warriors and why Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green embraced him at the expense of their own stats. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:31:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:31:00Z Curry's 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs, 129-115 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Golden State beat injury-ravaged San Antonio with a 129-... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:28:00 GMT 2017-05-23T06:28:00Z Finals are 1 win away for Warriors, who have Spurs on brink San Antonio's sense of humor was still there Sunday. Gregg Popovich predicted that Golden State stayed out way late after winning Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, celebrating with burgers and sundaes before spending Sunday playing poker. Manu Ginobili, amid plenty of questions about whether his career is ending, said the Spurs planned to lose the first three games of... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:11:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:11:00Z Kevin Durant, Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 lead SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs were injured, but Golden State was expecting a fevered fight on the home floor of the five-time NBA champions. The Warriors' depth and talent settled things early. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Golden State beat injury-riddled San Antonio 120-108 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 12:30:00 GMT 2017-05-21T12:30:00Z Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not play against Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals because of a sprained left ankle. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard was not happy being told he will sit out with the Warriors leading the series 2-0. "Kawhi is out," Popovich said. "I spoke to Kawhi, ... Sat, 20 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT 2017-05-20T17:00:00Z Zaza Pachulia expected to be enemy No. 1 for Spurs fans OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry pulled Zaza Pachulia aside and made one thing clear to the Warriors big man: We got your back. Other teammates echoed that message. Pachulia will most certainly receive a villain's welcome for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Saturday at AT&T Center regardless of whether he's on the court or not, simply because he was involved in t... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:22:00Z Warriors, Spurs will try to use break to rest and heal again OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Still unbeaten, the Golden State Warriors have a few days to heal up again. Gregg Popovich's time will be spent working to get his San Antonio Spurs to wake up, before it's too late. And determine whether injured superstar Kawhi Leonard might be healthy enough to return from an ankle injury, too. Sure, the Warriors just pulled off a... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:24:00Z Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency from the opening tip this time. The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and left Gregg Popovich questioning and criticizing his Spurs players for a lack of belief and feeling sorry for themselves witho... Wed, 17 May 2017 04:53:00 GMT 2017-05-17T04:53:00Z Spurs' Kawhi Leonard ruled out for Game 2 vs Warriors SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with a sprained left ankle caused by what Popovich described as a "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike" closeout by Golden State's Zaza Pachulia. Leonard had an MRI on Monday and Popovich had no timetable on when he'd be able to return to ac... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:49:00Z Debate rages on about play that sidelined Spurs' Leonard Zaza Pachulia's foul on Kawhi Leonard was either dirty or just dangerous, and Gregg Popovich isn't interested in the NBA's opinion. "I don't care what the league does. I'm just telling you how I feel," the Spurs coach said Monday. "The league is the league. They do what they do. I couldn't care less." Popovich ruled Leo... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:33:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:33:00Z Spurs prepare for Game 2 vs Warriors with no Leonard, Parker SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If all hope seems lost for the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they only need to look back a few days to see what's possible. But even the Spurs know that beating Houston on the road in a series clincher without those two stars is a far differe... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:17:00Z Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth. Two of the biggest stars on one side delivered when the best player on the other went down. Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Warriors r... Mon, 15 May 2017 00:11:00 GMT 2017-05-15T00:11:00Z Warriors, Spurs series filled with familiar story lines OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Leave it to Gregg Popovich to play mind games ahead of the Western Conference finals. So, what will he do to prepare his defense to stop the high-flying Warriors? "Pray," Popovich quipped Saturday before the Spurs departed Texas for the Bay Area. Stephen Curry could only chuckle at that one. "Ga... Sun, 14 May 2017 01:09:00 GMT 2017-05-14T01:09:00Z Harden's great season for Rockets ends in embarrassing loss HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden went up for a 3-pointer, changed his mind and tossed the ball between two teammates. He drove for a layup before inexplicably throwing the ball into a sea of San Antonio Spurs. After putting together an MVP-caliber year, the indelible images of Harden and the Houston Rockets will be the lowlights from a 39-po... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:47:00Z Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals HOUSTON (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are thrilled to be in the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. But they won't have much time to celebrate with a series against the well-rested Golden State Warriors starting on Sunday. In fact, they were barely going to give themselves two hours to bask in th... Fri, 12 May 2017 06:22:00 GMT 2017-05-12T06:22:00Z Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series HOUSTON (AP) — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there. The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-05-12T03:59:00Z Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were in a tough spot after Kawhi Leonard hurt his ankle in the second half. That's when Danny Green and the Spurs' supporting cast stepped up. Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, helping San Antonio top James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series. ... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:06:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:06:00Z Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series HOUSTON (AP) — After fighting through a terrible chest cold for the last few days, James Harden finally felt like himself on Sunday night. "I can finally breathe," Harden said. And the Houston Rockets can, too, after his performance helped them rebound from consecutive losses to beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-104 and tie the Western Conference semifinal at 2-2. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:48:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:48:00Z Spoelstra, D'Antoni share NBCA Coach of the Year award The NBA's coaches have spoken: No one did a better job this season than Miami's Erik Spoelstra and Houston's Mike D'Antoni. Spoelstra and D'Antoni were announced Sunday as co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. It is named for the longtime executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, who died earlier this year. ... Sun, 07 May 2017 23:53:00 GMT 2017-05-07T23:53:00Z Aldridge steps up to help Spurs down Rockets 103-92 HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had been criticized through two games of the Western Conference semifinals for not doing enough for the San Antonio Spurs. On Friday night, with the Spurs now without Tony Parker, he shook off his slow start to this series with a huge game that propelled his team to a 103-92 victory over the Houston Rockets and a 2-1 lead. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 05:30:00 GMT 2017-05-06T05:30:00Z Spurs rebound to beat Rockets 121-96, but lose Parker SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the midst of a resounding and redemptive victory, the Spurs' celebration came to an abrupt stop when Tony Parker was carried off the court with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and San Antonio battled through the loss of Parker to beat the Houston Rockets 12... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:02:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:02:00Z Rockets' 22 3-pointers dismantle Spurs, 126-99 in Game 1 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Houston Rockets were willing to take whatever the Spurs gave them in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Houston ended up with a record-setting offensive performance, a huge boost in confidence and home-court advantage. Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the R... Tue, 02 May 2017 05:50:00 GMT 2017-05-02T05:50:00Z Cavs, Warriors sweeps mean time to rest, get mental breather OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant can take some pressure off that tender left calf. LeBron James has extra time to recoup after barely leaving the floor in the first round. Golden State coach Steve Kerr scheduled some medical appointments as he deals with debilitating symptoms still affecting him nearly two years after complications from a pair of back surgeries. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:16:00 GMT 2017-04-28T23:16:00Z Spurs get much-needed time off before semifinal with Houston MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gregg Popovich feels like his San Antonio Spurs survived the Memphis Grizzlies and is grateful their first-round series finally is over after six games. His Spurs desperately need a couple days off before hosting Houston on Monday night in their Western Conference semifinal. The Spurs finished the game on a 22-8 ru... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:33:00 GMT 2017-04-28T06:33:00Z Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating Memphis 103-96 on Thursday night to take the series 4-2. Spurs coach Gr... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:43:00 GMT 2017-04-28T05:43:00Z Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points. Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn't know his teammate was an alternative on the game-winning play. Zach Randolph backed up his All-Star cente... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:55:00 GMT 2017-04-23T04:55:00Z Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach David Fizdale set the tone with his memorable rant about the officiating in Game 2, which led to a $30,000 fine by the NBA. Then the Grizzlies matched his intensity on the court. Mike Conley had 24 points and eight assists, helping the Grizzlies snap a 10-game postseason skid against the San Antonio S... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:06:00 GMT 2017-04-21T06:06:00Z Memphis coach Fizdale blasts 'unprofessional' officiating SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Memphis coach David Fizdale blasted the officiating in Game 2 of the Grizzlies' first-round series against the Spurs, deeming it "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off. San Antonio held off a late rally to beat Memphis 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round matchup... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:31:00 GMT 2017-04-18T07:31:00Z Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard. They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David Fizdale. Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds, and San Antonio b... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:20:00 GMT 2017-04-18T06:20:00Z