Down 21 points? Don’t talk trash with Popovich and Duncan

Pop and Duncan got a kick out of Dallas' rookie talking trash during a blowout.
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The Dallas Mavericks had zero things to say during Friday night’s beatdown against the San Antonio Spurs. Mark Cuban’s team was embarrassed, down by 36 points at halftime and 15 after the first quarter. 

But, evidently, Mavs rookie Salah Mejri didn’t get the memo. He’s clearly a prideful guy who had some not-very-nice things to say in the direction of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan. This is never a wise choice, especially when your team is getting demolished. 

Pop and Timmy took it all in stride like the five-time champions they are…by doubling over in hysterics. The rookie apparently tried to backtrack afterwards, but nah. Not buying it.

Mejri seems like a talented seven-footer—he’s shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in 13 career games—but he should probably show a bit more restraint the next time one of his dunks brings his team within 21 points of the opponent. At home. Against one of the best teams in NBA history.

Just some food for thought.