Lets talk Pop for a sec
I'm sorry, but he coached a terrible game tonight…I mean, he coached a really BAD game tonight, and the Heat pounced. There were a couple decisions he made that had me scratching my head. Some of which were:
1) Barely playing Neal, who can break his guy off the dribble, for bum Ginobili who would have trouble making a WNBA team, and probably cost the Spurs a ring. If Parker isn't in the game then the Spurs have NO ONE who can get into the paint. This is when Neal should be in because he can create his own shot, and that's more useful than anything ginobili has given them.
2) Did you not watch the Indiana series Pop? Leave your damn big man in the game. I'm a strong believer that your best players should always be on the court in crunch time, especially when you need a rebound and have the best rebounder in the series. What is the logivc of taking Duncan/Hibbert out of the game. Just because they're big doesn't mean they can't close out on shooters, and provide the benifit of having better rebounders in the play.
3) He sat Tony Parker too long in the fourth, and the ball movement completely stopped. I was screaming at my TV for Pop to put TP back in the game. You have a chance to put the game out of reach, LeBron was almost mentally checked out, Wade was hurting. If you had kept the pressure Pop, you might have put it away early.
4) Where were the shooters on that last play? Splitter?…Splitter?
These moves seriously need to be discussed. Pop coached like he was the leader of a summer rec team, not an NBA finals team. He's made a lot of questionable moves this series, but a lot of them have payed off. Tonight, he got competent, put his trust in a player who really doesn't deserve it right now, and it might have cost him a title. It makes me sick.
There were moments where Timmy was sitting and Splitter was on the floor and wow, was Splitter just awful at times. They showed Timmy looking at Pop like "Can I go in please?" and that was exactly how I felt. What was Pop thinking at times? lol good game overall though.
When was Splitter awful? While the Heat were making their run, Tiago Splitter countered with two HUGE baskets when the offense broke down. One he backed Chalmers down and made a left hand hook with 2 secs on the shot clock. THe other one, he caught the ball at the free throw line, drove left, spinned right and hooked it in as the shot clock was winding down.
That wasnt awful at all. Those were two HUGE buckets that saved the Spurs lead and stopped the Heat's momentum.
Pop can do no wrong. James and Allen hitting those threes shocked everyone. If it wasn't for that he's 5-0 while winning 4-0, 4-2, 4-0, 4-2, the last against a team that had a 27 game win streak. He's my coach on an all time team.
Plus I totally got Pop's thinking. Rest your guys until the game got close, then close it out. The Heat got lucky and outplayed them in the OT.
I'm sorry but I can't except that, because that's the mentality of a loser. It's a close out game of the NBA Finals, you should be playing to win at all costs, and that means having your best players on the court at all times. The Spurs were going into the 4th with a ten point lead, and all the momentum. You're telling me they wouldn't have been better served if they had continued to attack and apply pressure? They could have gone for the knock out punch, but instead settled to let it go to a decision: and as Dana White always says, "Never leave it in the hands of the judges."
I don't know if you actually watched the game, I'm guessing you didn't by that post, but the Spurs were up 5 with 28 seconds left. I think that move worked as well as he planned.
spurs were also down 3 with 2 minutes left so it did backfire. They were up 10 points heading into the 4th. Did you watch the game?
I really didn't like Pop sitting Duncan on the two final defensive possessions in the 4th quarter. As he was taking him out, I asked myself, why are you taking your best rebounder out? Sure enough, two offensive rebounds, two second chance 3's.
That was the killer and its not like the strategy to have better perimeter defenders worked anyway. Lebron got good looks and missed them terribly. 1 Rebound and the Spurs are NBA Champions.
Pop had a really bad game just like Game 4.
He is stubborn when it comes to resting his players he thinks he has to despite critical situations.
I can see why he rested Duncan to start the 4th qtr and Splitter made some shots anyway.
Parker needed to be out there as a passer and to get the offense going since they lack play makers.
I heard ESPN guys saying maybe he rested them for Game 7 now thats playing with fire.
Danny Green didn't have it tonight he should've played Neal a lot more.
Taking Duncan out is almost always a terrible idea.
Parker not on the floor the last play in OT was a mistake and he didn't call timeout either.
Not having his guys foul up 3 with 15 seconds or so was a mistake and it cost them.
He's another coach that will not change on this and just like D'antoni will keep getting burned on this.
All they had to do was touch a Heat player when they were dribbling and with Miami having no timeouts it makes even more sense.
The Spurs were stagnant in the 4th qtr and if not for Parker bailing them out they would've lost this game in regulation.
I didn't understand the game plan on offense
Can't blame the refs on the last play because Ginobili traveled and not sure if they even saw him get fouled. I wonder how many people realize Green was open on the wing for a 3 but not sure Ginobili saw him.
If Pop gets his team ready enough to win Game 7 all is forgiven but if not then he definitely takes a big hit.
I don't see the Spurs losing this game if Phil Jackson is coaching them.
Also I wonder how much a guy like Stephen Jackson would've helped the Spurs in this series.
He has the size to deal with Lebron, he can hit 3s and create shots for others too.
ginobli and leonard choked. it's tough, it happens sometimes, but that's reality. makin those free throws and the game would have been OVER, BALL GAME, CHAMPAGNE. but they couldn't get it done.
Duncan can't play 40 minutes a night anymore, if he ever could. So I understand that you have to rest Duncan at times. I agree he should not be rested on defense though even if you know the other team is just going to shoot threes. That said, big man rebounding is not that helpful against threes because threes produce longer rebounds so controlling the few feet around the basket is not as important. I'd still have Duncan in there, but this is not a situation where Miami is driving to the hole, they are shooting threes.
Popovich made two huge blunders in the last 30 seconds which cost SA the game. On both occasions he took out his only big man, Tim Duncan, and the same thing happened each time. Miami missed their first shot but got the offense rebound and hit a 3 pointer on the 2nd attempt. If SA captured either one of those rebounds the game and the series would have been over.
After the first offensive rebound on which LeBron made his 2nd attempted 3 pointer, I told myself Popovich won't make that mistake again but he did. Incredibly, he took out his only rebounder on the last and most critical play of the game.
Here in Europe when your team defend 3 points lead in last seconds of the game we make a foul on the ground before your opponent even attempt to shoot for 3. It's not the nicest thing to do, but that would bring a ring to Spurs last night
The Spurs were never in a position where fouling would guarantee them a win. They could have fouled LeBron before he attempted that game tying three at the end, but that would have left plenty of time on the clock for the Heat to foul and get the ball back. And they couldn't foul Ray Allen because he wasn't within reach and went up immediately with the ball. Perhaps they could have fouled Bosh when he got the offensive rebound, but that is risky, because if he shot it, he could have got a three point play.
The Spurs made the right decision not to foul. The Heat just made a tough play.
The refs missed a ton of calls on both sides..1 big 1 they missed was after Ray Allen's 3 pointer,they went to review it..And Duncan illegally entered the game ,becuz it wasnt a dead ball situation and the Spurs didnt have any timeouts,it was considered an illegal subsitution.......The refs should called a tech and gave the Heat a free throw.....