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NBA: Popovich unhappy as Spurs suffer first defeat

first_imgSan Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard top-scored overall with 30 points to continue his impressive start to the season.But the Spurs were left scrambling after ceding the initiative early on to the chagrin of the experienced Popovich.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I thought we started out pretty unaggressively for whatever reason,” Popovich told reporters.“They shot several uncontested shots. I think we followed them around so to speak, just reacted to their offense. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in San Antonio. Utah won 106-91. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)LOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich bemoaned his team’s slow start as the Western Conference heavyweights suffered their first loss of the season with a 106-91 defeat to Utah on Tuesday.George Hill scored 22 points to lead the fired up Jazz, who improved to 2-2, against a powerful San Antonio who had routed Golden State in their season-opener last week.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ “We got back in the game somewhere in the second quarter and the third when we were a bit more aggressive and got into passing lanes.“But every time it was a one or two-point deal we’d miss a shot or they’d make one or turn it over. Overall they outplayed us. They executed fantastically for the entire 48 minutes — we were in and out in that regard.”Spurs veteran Spanish international Pau Gasol also cited his team’s sluggish opening spell as a factor behind the defeat.“We definitely allowed them to play too comfortable and get into a rhythm early on,” he said.“It’s not normal. They executed well, give them credit. But we didn’t put enough pressure on their offense. They executed better down the stretch, took tough shots and we didn’t.ADVERTISEMENT We are youngcenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “We should have put a bit more pressure on them. Once we were down we stepped it up, but you’ve got to start from the get go.”RELATED STORIESNBA: Spurs thrash Warriors on Durant’s opening nightLeonard dulls the pain as San Antonio turns up the heat on MiamiSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Guiao: ‘I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine’ View commentslast_img


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