WATCH: Gregg Popovich Delivers Rant After Dallas Mavericks Game
After barely beating the depleted Dallas Mavericks in a nail-biting finish on Monday night, Gregg Popovich delivered an epic rant about the game.
Coming into the matchup on Monday, the San Antonio Spurs were right where people thought they would be in the top three of the Western Conference. For Dallas, it was exactly the opposite as they possess the worst record in the league and have been referred to as the worst team in the entire NBA.
The Mavericks came into the matchup missing THREE starters and five total players. Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris all were out on Monday night, thus setting the stage for what many people assumed to be an automatic loss.
Gregg Popovich might have thought this would be an easy win due to all the injuries in Dallas, so he decided to rest both LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker.
Easy was not the case for the Spurs.
Harrison Barnes, Seth Curry, and Wesley Matthews all put in over 20 points and the Mavericks had the game within one with under a minute to go.
San Antonio barely pulled out the win, but Gregg Popovich did not approve of effort and play from his team.
Popovich goes straight in on his team’s play by calling it a “pathetic” performance. After mentioning how both teams had players out, he empahsized the fact that Dallas had A LOT more out than them. Thanks for the reminder Pop.
He also mentioned the lack of respect his team had for the Mavericks too. This could be a wake up call for some teams in the league thinking Dallas will be an easy win on the schedule. With Rick Carlisle at the helm, alongside budding star in Harrison Barnes, anything is possible.
The best part of the rant was when Pop made a point to come back in the room to say the Mavericks deserved to win the game. Something you don’t see many coaches do after winning a basketball game.
Pop never disappoints and his rant after beating the Mavericks didn’t either.