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Overnight For Spurs-Heat NBA Finals Game 1 Down 10% Compared To '12 Opener
Published June 7, 2013
POP BEING POP: In Boston, Chad Finn notes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has "gained notoriety over the years for his abrupt and frequently sarcastic responses to sideline reporters’ questions." They are "delivered with just enough of an I’m-in-on-the-joke undertone that they leave the viewer amused rather than feeling sympathy for the reporter stuck in a thankless spot." ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said, "It’s almost become funny how short Gregg is. I think he thinks he’s (not) getting paid by the word, because really, some of his stuff is very, very funny; short, and to the point." Van Gundy said that he "doesn’t necessarily think of the coach interview as a gimmick," but he "does believe there are more informative ways to use the time" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/7). Popovich prior to the start of the second quarter of Game 1 spoke with ESPN's Doris Burke courtside. Burke asked, "Nine days off is an eternity by NBA standards. Assess your guys' performance for 12 minutes." Popovich: "Well, I thought we were a little sharper than I was expecting after such time off so hopefully we can get better." Burke asked, "You expressed a bit of anxiety of Kawhi Leonard in his first Finals guarding LeBron James. From him specifically, what did you see?" Popovich: "He seems to be taking it in stride in this point in the game so he looks OK" ("NBA Finals Game 1," ABC, 6/6).