Jun 15, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during practice before game five of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT

My (Fake) Email Exchange With Gregg Popovich

[email protected]:

So Pop, let’s jump right to the questions.  Manu’s been having a tough time in the playoffs so far.  He’s shooting 34% from the field, and 18.75% from the three point line.  Do you think Manu is able to get things going in the next three games?

[email protected]:

Yes.

[email protected]:  

Err…Why do you say that Pop?

[email protected]:  

He’s Manu Ginobili.

[email protected]:

Right.  Well then.

Pop, how do you feel about your team so far?  Obviously, you dropped Game 4 and that’s gotta be disappointing, but are you feeling good, maybe even happy, about going into Game 5 tied up at 2-2 against this Miami Heat team?

[email protected]:

(Glaring while writing email.)

Happy?  Nobody’s happy. 2-2 is simply not good enough.

[email protected]:

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have played 128 and 131 minutes so far in this series, respectfully.  Do you think by Game 6 or Game 7 the minutes they’ve been logging will take a toll on them?

[email protected]:

(Still glaring.)

Tim and Tony can’t play 48 minutes.

[email protected]:

So their minutes are going to have any impact?

[email protected]:

(Bored face.  Yawn.)

Are we done yet?  Why isn’t this over?

Of course the number of minutes they play is going to impact them!

But significantly?  No.

Tim and Tony love (and are going) to play regardless of how many minutes they have played.

[email protected]:

Pop, thanks for the time and the emails.  What’s your main strategy for Game 5?

[email protected]:

I can’t tell you that.

 

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