Game 2 went sideways with haste for the San Antonio Spurs and, with that, the team is in a very difficult position moving forward in the Western Conference Finals. Obviously, there was a clear and reasonable excuse for San Antonio in the absence of Kawhi Leonard, but Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was not pleased with his team’s performance against the Golden State Warriors.
During his post-game availability, Popovich was asked about the performance of his best available player, big man LaMarcus Aldridge, and he responded in direct and pointed fashion.
Popovich’s thoughts included the fact that Aldridge “can’t be timid” and he was critical to the point of surprise.
“LaMarcus has to score for us. He can’t be timid. He turned down shots in the first quarter. He can’t do it. You’ve got to score. Scoring has to come from someplace. I think he’s got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done, whether it’s for himself or his teammates … He’s got to do it. No doubt about it.”