Spurs players were ‘out to lunch’ for Rockets game, per Gregg Popovich
Moments after the game, the straight-shooting Popovich blasted his players for their pedestrian effort on the evening:
“It’s got nothing to do with defense or offense,” Popovich exclaimed, via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News-Express. “It has to do with between the ears, being ready to play. We had four or five guys that were out to lunch.”
Savage. This is what we’ve come to expect from the legendary coach Pop, and for his players, we’re pretty sure they knew this was coming after their lackluster showing in what should have been an easy win for the Spurs.
Houston was missing virtually half of their squad in this one, with the Rockets recently involved in a blockbuster four-team trade centered around the incomparable James Harden. Their three new recruits — Victor Oladipo, Rodions Kurucs, and Dante Exum — were all still unavailable for Houston with the trade still pending. John Wall and Eric Gordon were dealing with respective injuries, while Danuel House remained out due to health and safety protocols.
Needless to say, Popovich was extremely displeased with how his team entered this matchup. As he said above, they just didn’t come to play.
It is worth noting, though, that Spurs second-year forward Keldon Johnson had another noteworthy performance against the Rockets, finishing with a game-high 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting, to go along with two triples, six rebounds, and two assists. It is unfortunate that the 21-year-old’s career night came in a losing effort.