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Watch Gregg Popovich lose it on officials, get tossed (VIDEO)

Jan 18, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

There was some tension in the air Friday night in San Antonio — the Trail Blazers came into town and beat the Spurs. There are questions about this Spurs team, which is 31-9 overall but just 11-8 vs. teams over .500, this just kind of added to those questions.

Gregg Popovich was wound up — he went after referee Mark Ayotte during a third quarter timeout. Ayotte handled it well, tried to walk away and T’d up Popovich, who became incensed and had assistant coaches trying to get between them. Crew chief Bill Kennedy stepped in with the second technical and the ejection.

Feel free to wonder if Popovich was trying to get tossed — the Spurs went on a 23-12 run and retook the lead after this incident. However, in the fourth LaMarcus Aldridge helped spark a 16-6 Blazers run and Portland went on to win the game 109-100.

Hat tip to Ben Golliver at SI for the video.

  1. rareohs - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I think he meant to get tossed, and the Spurs responded just like he knew they would. Impressive coaching/gamesmanship imho. What was equally, if not more impressive, was how mature the Blazers looked in calmly weathering that storm before stealing it in the 4th.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Pop will get a few days off via the league, he should relax and consider retirement.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Ha! You WISH pretend evil.

        Just because your team doesn’t have a coach…

  2. apkyletexas - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    The youngsters like Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard were getting after the Blazers in the 4th quarter, and the Spurs had a nice lead, but the assistant coaches did what Popovich did against Miami at the ends of games in the finals last year – stuck old, slow Duncan out there and let the offense go through him. He made one out of four quick shots (his only make was off a rebound), and Aldredge abused him on the other end, and within a couple minutes it was a 9 point Blazer lead and the game was over.

    Duncan is good for a lot of work throughout games still, but he is not, and has never really been, a closeout specialist. The Spurs had guys like Robert Horry and Steve Kerr and Sean Elliott and Manu to fill that role in the past, and now its time to let the young guys take over the final few minutes of games. If the coaches could start to figure that out, they could have something special again this year.

  3. gquesen - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Blazer fan here, obviously, I was stoked we won an incredibly entertaining game. That said, I love Popovich. Used to have an irrational hatred for him because he won so much. The Blazer announcers kept predicting that he would get himself tossed. Maybe they were correct, maybe not. The refs were terrible in that game, however. I think Spurs and Blazer fans, should have been annoyed. First half, calls going all Portland’s way. Second half, the refs may have called all of three fouls on San Antonio. And the calls they were slamming Portland with were so bad.

  4. innovativethinking87 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    The blazers are really good. Incredible team, mind you their bench is like 28th or so in the league. Imagine if they were average.

    This blazer team is something special

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      The Blazers are really good.

      The Blazers are NOT an incredible team though, that’s going too far.

  5. monkeyhateclean - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Pop is (and has always been) a mediocre coach will splendid talent.

    The Blazers will reveal themselves as Western pretenders in the next 40 games.

    As always, upvote if you agree!!!

    • stephenlin - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      Even though I’m not a Spurs fan, I think it’s safe to say that this comment about Pop is one of the dumbest I’ve ever seen on this site.

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