Gregg Popovich on Loss to Knicks: ‘I Hope That Every Player is Embarrassed’

by March 18, 2015
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The San Antonio Spurs dropped an overtime road game 104-100 Tuesday night to the lowly New York Knicks, and head coach Gregg Popovich tore into his team.

Pop was extremely upset with the defending champs’ lackadaisical effort in the surprising defeat.

Lou Amundson forced overtime with a late bucket, and the Knicks somehow managed to hold on in the extra session.

Per the NY Post:

In a game that defied logic, the Knicks — they of the .197 winning percentage at the start of the game — shocked the world champions — they of the .631 winning percentage — by rallying from a 13-point deficit for a 104-100 how’d-they-do-that victory in overtime Tuesday at the Garden.

 

Tim Duncan, who had missed 1-of-2 free throws in a failed attempt to tie the game with nine seconds left in OT, threw a pass that was slapped away by Alexey Shved with 3.9 ticks left after the Knicks had added one free throw. Shved then converted two free throws at the 3.2-second mark to push the Knicks up by four and essentially ice the most improbable victory of the season.

 

“They have this inside of them,” said Knicks coach Derek Fisher. “They are capable of doing this on more nights than we have. It symbolizes that we are growing. I don’t know if we would have been capable of doing this a few weeks ago or a month ago.”