Popovich to miss Game 3 of Spurs vs Warriors due to death of wife

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 20, 2018 07:49 AM
Popovich to miss Game 3 due to death of wife
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 12: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 12, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs say Gregg Popovich will not coach the team at home Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in Game 3 against Golden State following the death of his wife.

Ettore Messina, a Spurs assistant since 2014, will coach the team. San Antonio lost the first two games of the first-round playoff series on the road.

The Spurs announced Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). She was 67.

Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. He ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

In an interview, Spurs guard Tony Parker says he has always viewed coach Popovich and his wife as like his mom and dad.

Parker broke in to the NBA when he was 19. He says Erin Popovich’s death this week is very emotional. He spent time with the family on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Parker added that the Spurs will do their best to get a win for Popovich.

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