After the San Antonio Spurs’ 116-101 loss in Game 2 to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, head coach Gregg Popovich and his Spurs now find themselves down 2-0 in a series that heads back to San Antonio.
Following Monday night’s loss, Popovich praised the efforts of All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge for his 34-point, 12-rebound performance.
However, he might have also thrown a bit of shade at star forward Kawhi Leonard for not being with the team due to his bizarre injury situation that’s dragged on.
“LaMarcus has been a monster all year long,” coach Popovich said. “He’s led our team at both ends of the floor. “He doesn’t complain about a darn thing out on the court, he just plays through everything. I can’t imagine being more proud of a player as far as playing through adversity and being there for his teammates night after night after night. He’s been fantastic.”
“I can’t imagine being more proud of a player… being there for his teammates night after night after night.”
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— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 17, 2018
This was probably much more of coach Popovich being extremely appreciative of what Aldridge brings to the Spurs every game rather than a shot at Leonard’s prolonged absence from the team.
As for Aldridge, he believes this series is far from over, especially with the Spurs getting to play the next two games back home at AT&T Center.
“We’re not going to roll over. We’ve got to take the mentality that we had tonight, trying to take the fight to them,” Aldridge said, via Baxter Holmes of ESPN. “You know, go home with that same mentality and hopefully, we’ll shoot the ball better from the three, and guys [will] be feeling better. I feel like it should be good for us going home, but we’ve got to take the same intensity from tonight home with us.”