Gregg Popovich hates losing. However, he understands the way the NBA works and how sometimes games just don’t go the way they were planned. But after Game 2 he was beyond displeased with the Spurs‘ performance. The Warriors blew them out so fast that the game felt over halfway through the first quarter. After the game, Popovich didn’t hide his feelings on the performance.
Popovich rarely puts his team on blast in a public setting, but he chose to use this press conference to take a few necessary shots at his team. It’s one thing to question effort or execution, but Pop went as far as to say that San Antonio didn’t believe it could win without Kawhi Leonard.
Popovich continued to criticize his team throughout the press conference. He focused on LaMarcus Aldridge a little, saying he needs to be more aggressive and score. The only player that escaped the full brunt of his criticism was Jonathan Simmons. “He played to win.”
It’s rare to see Popovich publicly blast his team like this, but this is a tactic some coaches use when they feel their players aren’t living up to their expectations. He’s clearly unhappy with more than just his team’s performance and if he feels this is the best way to help them play better than more power to him. One thing’s for sure: The Spurs aren’t going to play like that again in Game 3.