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San Antonio Spurs: Ettore Messina to coach Game 5 vs. Warriors

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19: Assistant Coach Ettore Messina of the San Antonio Spurs speaks to the media after Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19: Assistant Coach Ettore Messina of the San Antonio Spurs speaks to the media after Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Ettore Messina will replace Gregg Popovich as head coach of Game 5 between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.

For the past two games, between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, assistant coach Ettore Messina took over the lead duties from Gregg Popovich on the bench. Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away before Game 3, after an extended battle with an illness.

According to ESPN, Messina will reassume the head coach duties for Tuesday’s Game 5. It is unknown when, or if, Popovich returns to the Spurs this postseason.

Under Messina, the Silver and Black lost Game 3 but won Game 4, 103-90. This saved them from elimination and avoiding a sweep to the Warriors for the second consecutive postseason. Manu Ginobili’s fourth-quarter outburst led the way, as Golden State also shot below 40 percent from the field.

Manu Ginobili scores 16 PTS (10 in Q4) in a vintage Game 4 performance to keep the @spurs season alive! #GoSpursGo #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/gA9OBpK388

— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2018

Ginobili discussed post-game playing for Popovich and their heavy hearts throughout. They must do the same again in Game 5.

All about team!

Manu Ginobili speaks about the @spurs playing team basketball to pick up the Game 4 victory at home!#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/Is0mKAwlki

— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2018

To top the Warriors, the Spurs need a similar outing from Game 4: strong 3-point shooting and struggles from Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. If not, Game 5 could present an uphill battle and send San Antonio home. Will they have the same, inspired performance from Sunday’s wire-to-wire victory?

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Game 5 takes place at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT, FSSW and FSBy. Can the Spurs win another game under Messina and for Popovich? Doing so would extend this series to a Game 6 on Thursday, April 26. If not, one of the most interesting offseasons in franchise history will kick off.

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