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Gregg Popovich: 'Nobody's going to rest' final games for Spurs

April 09,2017 17:23

"Our execution at both games, defensively and offensively, was very poor," Popovich said, via ESPN. "Nobody's going to rest. Everybody's going to play. We already rested everybody, and we have days in between now. It's like the playoffs, kind of. There ...


Gregg Popovich won't be giving his players a break as the team prepares for the postseason.
Following the Spurs' disappointing 98-87 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, the coach stated he won't rest his players for the final two games of the regular season this week.
"Our execution at both games, defensively and offensively, was very poor," Popovich said, via ESPN. "Nobody's going to rest. Everybody's going to play. We already rested everybody, and we have days in between now. It's like the playoffs, kind of. There's no back-to-backs. There's no bad travel or anything like that, so it's time for rhythm and that sort of thing. Hopefully, we'll play better next week."
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who led the team with a game-high 28 points on Saturday, supported Popovich's decision.
"Playing Portland, them being in the eighth seed trying to secure their position, that's going to be tough playing them at home," Leonard said. "These are the types of games we want to play. We just don't want to walk over teams. We want teams to give their full effort, and we need to as well. It's going to be a great last two games for us."
The Spurs will close the regular season on the road against the Trail Blazers on Monday and the Jazz on Wednesday. San Antonio, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference will take on No. 7 seed Memphis in the opening round of the postseason.

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