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San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich freaks out on referee, gets ejected

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 : Gregg Popovich head coach of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 : Gregg Popovich head coach of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich went off at a referee and was ejected for his profanity-laced rant. What led to this happening?

For those who have followed San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s career, he’s never been one to hold back. Whether it’s on the court or in the media, you will always hear what’s on his mind. That’s unlike prolific coaches of other sports, like New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

During Monday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Popovich broke out his latest rant. The Spurs turned the ball over, which went out of bounds and gave possession to the Mavericks. However, the five-time NBA champion disagreed with the call, as he thought the Spurs should have kept the ball.

Well, this angered Popovich. He yelled at one referee to “open your eyes” and shouted a piece of profanity or two. That led to his ejection, the second time this happened in the 2017-18 season (the first came on Nov. 2 against the Golden State Warriors).

Popovich certainly put in his two cents, which led to his dismissal from Monday’s contest. It was before halftime, too, which meant assistant head coach Ettore Messina took over the duties for the rest of the game. This resulted in a 115-108 win for the Spurs, moving their record to 13-7.

Amidst the chaos, Tony Parker made his season debut for the Silver and Black. He missed training camp, the preseason and the first 19 games after tearing his quad in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. The 35-year-old played 14 minutes, tallying 6 points and 4 assists.

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It was an eventful night at the AT&T Center, with the latest Popovich ejection and an anticipated return for the Spurs. With plenty of season remaining and this team’s recently-positive direction, what will happen next?

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