Their effort drew the ire of coach Gregg Popovich, who called out some of his underperforming players, saying “guys get a lot of money to be ready to play.”
Asked whether it was his job to make sure the Spurs were ready to play, Popovich said, “I don’t remember playing tonight. No Knute Rockne speeches. It’s your job. If you’re a plumber and you don’t do your job, you don’t get any work. I don’t think a plumber needs a pep talk. A doctor botches operations, and he’s not a doctor anymore. If you’re a basketball player, you come ready. It’s called maturity. It’s your job.”
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
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