Head coach Gregg Popovich is never one to mince words, and certainly not following a tough home defeat. Pop ripped his team through the press last night, calling them an “embarrassment”. Per the Express-News: “The Spurs were already down one starting small forward before they even walked into the AT&T Center on Monday night. Eleven minutes and nine seconds into the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, they lost another one. No Kawhi Leonard, no Stephen Jackson, and the Spurs still battled one of the NBA’s hottest teams to the wire before falling 92-87. If the Spurs were looking to take comfort from coming close, their coach was having none of it. ‘I thought for a portion of that game we were an embarrassment,’ Gregg Popovich said. The Clippers beat the Spurs for the second time this season and won their sixth in a row, behind a brutal 29-14 second quarter in which the Spurs went 3 of 8 from the floor and committed seven turnovers. [...] Popovich allowed his team no excuses for a second quarter in which it managed just one field goal until DeJuan Blair’s baseline floater at the 3:05 mark. ‘I thought of all our games, this game was in the soft category,’ Popovich said. ‘We never had five guys who competed hard enough to win a basketball game against the Clippers.’ Before the game, Popovich mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City as a team that could win the Western Conference. ‘Absolutely, they’re legit,’ Popovich said.”