As the Spurs’ charter touched down in Boston late on the night of Feb. 10 after a loss at Detroit, (Coach Gregg) Popovich corralled (Tony) Parker and told him not to bother to unpack.
The All-Star point guard would be headed back to San Antonio in the morning.
“I thought he was more mentally tired than physically tired,” Popovich recalled. “He needed time away. No more shootarounds, no more game plans, the whole ball of wax. He just needed to shut down from it all.”
At the time, Parker wasn’t so sure. Popovich shut him down for 19 days straddling the All-Star break, a drastic plan of action he never considered with Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili, veterans even older than the 32-year-old Parker.
“(I thought) it was too long,” Parker said. “At the same time, I trust Pop. He did a great job with me, with Timmy, with Manu, managing us during the year to make sure we stay fresh for the playoffs. You can see the results.”
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Blasts Officiating After Loss to Rockets
For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials. This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry, who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said. “All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner.
Source: Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Grizzlies End 19-Game Skid, Earn Win vs Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks: They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20, and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN