San Antonio Spurs

Gregg Popovich Not a Happy Camper After Game 6 Nightmare

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 19, 2013

Few assignments are more daunting for hoops scribes than handling the postgame duties with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Win or lose, it's seemingly always an uncomfortable situation. 

But that uncomfortable feeling reaches a haunting level when Pop's just minutes removed from his team blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, especially when that edge remained at five with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.

Throw in the fact that an NBA title was on the line and you have a situation I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy:

Gregg Popovich may punch someone out in the post game press conference...

— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) June 19, 2013

After an evenly distributed series of routs built San Antonio's 3-2 series lead over the Miami Heat, the basketball gods finally delivered with a thrilling 103-100 overtime decision. But thanks to some San Antonio miscues and clutch plays from Miami, the Spurs found themselves on the wrong side of the final scoreboard:

"It was a hell of a game... it was a game of mistakes and they ended up on the winning side." - Gregg Popovich

— The NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 19, 2013

Pop is never one to get caught up in the moment, and even the prospect of playing a winner-take-all Game 7 on the road didn't shake him:

MT @asapsports How do you get your guys into Game 7? Popovich: Get them on a bus, it arrives at the ramp over here http://t.co/29SRKmcRxs

— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 19, 2013

To Popovich's credit, the reporters didn't exactly give him a lot to work with:

These questions are so bad in this Popovich press conference. So horribly bad.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 19, 2013

Unfortunately for San Antonio, though, neither did Pop's players when it mattered most.

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