It wasn’t a great night for the San Antonio Spurs, as head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected before his team fell to the Golden State Warriors.
Thursday night started well for the San Antonio Spurs, who looked dominant in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors. It had a 19-point lead, which was trimmed to five by halftime, and only got worse in the second half.
By the fourth quarter, the Warriors were leading by double-digits. The Spurs failed to hit 3-pointers and couldn’t get a player, other than LaMarcus Aldridge, going. It became a slow buildup of frustration for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who flipped in the fourth quarter.
Popovich was hit with not one but two technical fouls, resulting in his ejection. He said multiple explicit remarks to the referee, disagreeing with a call made against his team (via NBA on TNT).
Gregg Popovich has been ejected after receiving his 2nd technical foul ? pic.twitter.com/Lb00jiORxz
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 3, 2017
It was the culmination of this game getting away from the Spurs. They couldn’t find their shooting stroke after the first quarter ended, leading to contributors like Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, Rudy Gay and Danny Green struggling. Along with Kevin Durant’s second-half resurgence and Klay Thompson’s marksmanship, it became an increasingly difficult situation for the Silver and Black at home.
Given the nature of Popovich’s remarks (if you can lip read), it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to receive a fine. More than likely, he won’t get away with saying what he did in the clip above. Look for the punishment to come down on Friday or Monday, given the weekend is almost here.
The turnaround will be quick for the five-time champion coach, as San Antonio returns to the court on Friday, Nov. 3, to face the Charlotte Hornets. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET, and takes place at the AT&T Center — the second of a six-game home stretch.