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Pop drops the mic as San Antonio Spurs drop their tenth straight recreation

The San Antonio Spurs sluggish begin from the three-point line, hesitant half-court offense and continued battle in late recreation conditions had been all utterly overshadowed by one more “viral” second from Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Often ready till the postgame media availability to set the web on fireplace with an insightful quote or witty reply; this time he took to the microphone late within the 2nd quarter.

To present some perspective

Former Spurs are very not often booed of their return video games, in that case VERY evenly. Only a few video games again Jakob Poeltl was greeted by a thunderous ovation following his tribute video. And Sure, he obtained a respectful jeers and noticeable boos from the group every time he had the ball in the course of the recreation. However earlier than, at halftime, and postgame he obtained FAR MORE thanks, took the time to greet dozens of followers and obtained COUNTLESS hugs. Mot simply from former teammates, but in addition the on-court employees and enviornment personnel he noticed day-in and day-out in his 5 seasons in San Antonio.

That clearly isn’t the case with Kawhi Leonard.
The very participant Poeltl was traded for together with 6-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan. Jakob has discovered his method again to Toronto whereas DeRozan continues to be with the Bulls, for now. However each had been considerably unwillingly plucked from their long run vacation spot after Kawhi detonated the third section of the Spurs three decade dynasty. A commerce request culminating in considered one of if not THE ugliest break-ups in current NBA historical past. i might say solely James Hardens’ dramatic exit from Philadelphia rivaled it in each utter confusion and an absence of transparency (from all events concerned)

Nonetheless, 5 years faraway from basically getting ghosted the followers CLEARLY have unaddressed feelings following the falling out. These in attendance each Monday & Wednesday evening “paid for his or her proper” to voice them. Some would say that Kawhi has repeatedly dodged this very state of affairs within the quite a few return video games he’s missed because of harm or load administration as a customer with each the Toronto Raptors and now Los Angeles Clippers. These being simply the fourth and fifth recreation he’s really performed in as a member of the visiting crew.

I don’t suppose anybody was stunned by the quantity or consistency of the jeers every time Kawhi touched the ball or went to the foul line. I was totally shocked to listen to one of the crucial recognizable voices on this space code abruptly deal with the group in the midst of a lifeless ball state of affairs in-between Leonards’ free throws.

“That’s not who we’re” that’s EXACTLY who we’re

Loud, Passionate, LOYAL

Certainly not was it disrespectful or cross any affordable line. We’ve seen far uglier conditions throughout the league resulting in a really strict tightening of laws for followers seated in court-side seating and decrease sections. Nothing that warranted something greater than fun between friends as we regularly did. “They nonetheless hate him”

”Hell hath no fury like an NBA fan who can now not put on their favourite jersey”

I used to be firmly within the camp of “Pop being Pop, chess not checkers” because the Spurs would finish the half on a 9-3 run trailing by simply six factors. The close to sellout crowd was much more engaged within the second half. Perhaps he was simply making an attempt to rally the troops perhaps even reverse phsycology…? 
“Get all of it out now so we are able to lastly recover from it” and perhaps that might be what it was as. However we’ll by no means know, and he won’t ever inform us. Coach Pops’ postgame feedback appeared solely to deliberately muddy the waters.

I don’t imagine that he would go that far out of concern;

he would do it out of respect. Such a drastic motion each in and out-of-character for such a reserved, but typically outspoken coach.

San Antonio Spurs dropping streak extends to double digits

Sitting at 10 video games together with their three in-season match matchups, this lively dropping streak is surprisingly already the 4th longest in crew historical past. The longest being the 16 recreation bundle of woes they obtained final season. Nonetheless three of the Spurs 4 longest dropping streaks in franchise historical past have come in some unspecified time in the future within the final three seasons.

Their longest house dropping streak is 7 video games, and so they’ve regrettably dropped their final six matchups on the newly christened Frost Financial institution Heart; fairly the housewarming reward. The Spurs lone house win this season was the extra time victory in opposition to Houston October twenty seventh.

After a two recreation street journey in opposition to the final two consecutive NBA Champions, Golden State on Friday and Denver on Sunday. The Spurs will return house subsequent Thursday to host the Atlanta Hawks.

It’s additionally value noting that their start line guard will probably be booed even LOUDER than Kawhi Leonard was final evening. As former Spur DeJounte Murray has been more and more vocal about his 6 seasons in San Antonio. I count on the group will probably be equally as vocal, no matter Coach Pop and his request.



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