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Gregg Popovich on LaVar Ball: 'Just Another Fan in the Peanut Gallery'

14 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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As a team, the Spurs shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 61-44 to run away with the game after a slow first half. Los Angeles got on a 15-0 run at one point until San Antonio registered their first field goal of the quarter at 8:56 when Manu Ginobili scored on an and-one layup. So, I'm excited with the way we're playing.

The Lakers (14-27) appear to be midway through their fifth consecutive non-playoff season, but their entertaining style occasionally produces great moments, such as the dunk thrown down by Nance on a less-than-ideal pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. A third trip in four years this season was all but a given for many in Arkansas last month while the school dominated much of its non-conference schedule.

Rudy Gay, the Spurs' third-leading scorer at 11.5 points, will miss his seventh straight game with right heel bursitis. "He started to feel better, to feel good, and then we lose him for a few games and we don't know how many".

The Lakers couldn't hold on to a five-point lead with 1:25 left in the fourth, with the Mavericks tying the score after Harrison Barnes blew by Kyle Kuzma for a game-tying basket.

"That was a pathetic performance by our team", said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. He, too, has a triple-double (21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists vs. the New Orleans Pelicans), but tallied seven turnovers in the same game.

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But this moment, like all the others that have already ensnared these two young floor generals, will be a snapshot, a milestone on the way to stardom for a pair of point-guard prodigies who figure to see plenty of one another in the years to come.

"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual or what they're doing, I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks", Popovich said. He responded with a calculated takedown of LaVar in which he referred to the Ball family patriarch as "just another fan in the peanut gallery" and said his opinion is "meaningless". The coach talked the star big man out of his feelings after a few dinners and meetings. "I told him, 'I'd be happy to trade you". I'll pack your bags.

"You want to put somebody on the court, but you can't because of minutes", he said. "Because we're not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let's figure this thing out.' And we did".

Leonard's status for Saturday night's home game against the Denver Nuggets is uncertain.

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