Popovich won't coach Spurs in Game 4 against Warriors

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 22, 2018 07:08 AM
Popovich won't coach Spurs in Game 4 against Warriors
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) — Gregg Popovich won’t coach the San Antonio Spurs in their possible series finale against the Golden State Warriors as he grieves the death of his wife.

Spurs assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio in Game 3 and will again Sunday afternoon (Monday, PHL time).

Erin Popovich passed away Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) from a long-term illness. Gregg and Erin were married four decades and have two children and two grandchildren.

“You know how important Pop is, not only for us players, but the whole organization and the whole NBA,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after practice Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). “We probably are in a better situation emotionally and hopefully it fuels us. But it’s hard to tell how a team is going to react.”

Golden State won 110-97 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.

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