San Antonio Spurs lost for the first time in a month.
The Coach, the ever-effervescent Gregg Popovich, maintained his usually garrulous approach to the media. TV reporters are always careful that the boom isn't lowered on their heads.
For those liking a breath of fresh air, Popovich gave one of those inane interviews while the game was playing that put the entire asinine routine into its place.
Popovich who urged his players in a previous game to play "nasty" found himself acting like a man with bone spurs, not championship Spurs. He later laughed about his comment and thought it was embarrassing, but addressed it with good nature.
Anytime Popovich shows his teeth and is not about to bite off the TV reporter's face is a good experience.
Required by NBA publicity machine mechanics to do the obligatory media meetings, Popovich may be the only head coach who shows open contempt for the process.
The weasel media often get popped by Pop.
San Antonio's Head Coach shows hostility when he wins. If he loses 2 games in a row, we dread to think what bile will bubble up like magma from beneath the rocky crust.
Not since Bill Belichick started coining great phrases like: "It is what it is," Popovich simply answers dumb questions like a man who is blind, deaf, and dumb.
If Rajon Rondo has put ownership on the word "mercurial," then Popovich has appropriated the word "surly."
Last time Rondo dislocated his elbow, Popovich dismissed the diva for being overly dramatic.
We expect sooner or later in these playoffs that Popovich will pop off like Bill Parcells when he went ballistic with a stupid media question years ago, calling the cub reporter "a jerk," when asked if he had outcoached his opponent.
The only coach Popovich has ever outcoached is himself, and we can hardly wait for the losing streak when he calls himself a jerk.