Gregg Popovich chews out Pau Gasol after missed assignment nearly cost Game 5
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ready to unload his wrath on center Pau Gasol after missing his screen assignment in the winding seconds of regulation of Game 5 against the Houston Rockets.
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Gasol was meant to be the second part of a two-player high-staggered screen for Patty Mills to have driving room available, since Kawhi Leonard was forced to sit out with an ankle injury late in the quarter.
The Spaniard was supposed to re-screen for Mills, but got tangled with Clint Capela in the lane, ultimately giving up on his assignment.
Mills made the long-range shot well after the buzzer had sounded, setting up an overtime period for the first time in this series.
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His lack of urgency would prove costly as Popovich absolutely eviscerated Gasol as he made his way back to the bench.
Pop’s red-faced screams can be seen piercing the very soul of the 7-footer, as he failed to keep his focus in the most pivotal moment of the game.
The Spurs ultimately came out victorious, pulling off a clutch 110-107 victory to lead the series 3-2.