Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
When we talked to former Nova coach turned analyst Steve Lappas on the show today, he told us it wasn’t fair to blame Gregg Popovich for the loss because he has been such a good coach in his career. By the rationale, any great person in any field has never failed in their life.
Coaching in the NBA doesn’t look easy. You have to deal with the egos of players who make way more than you do. But, Pop was one of the biggest reasons the Spurs lost Game 6. The Heat run started at the beginning of the 4th quarter when Pop had Tim Duncan and Tony Parker on the bench. He also benched them both later in key spots. Duncan was out on 2 straight defensive posessions, where one defensive rebound could seal the game. The Heat got two offensive rebounds and hit two threes and forced OT.
Parker was out at the end of the game as Ginobli was turning the ball over. Where was the Timeout to get the ball out of Manu’s turnover prone hands and into Parker’s? Why was Tony out in the first place?
You also have to question why Manu was in the game at all in the fourth quarter and OT. It was obvious he was the Ginobli from Games 1 through 4 rather than Game 5 Manu. There had to be a better option than him for the Spurs down the stretch.
I readily admit that I haven’t even won a title on NBA 2k, NBA Live or NBA Jam and Pop has 4 of them and has never lost a Finals series. But, the moves he made last night are befuddling and they didn’t work. But, I wouldn’t put it past him to draw up a game plan that works in Game 7.