Gregg Popovich Calls Out ‘Pathetic Performance’ After Spurs Fall To Knicks

Lou Amundson — yes, the guy with the ponytail whose played for 10 NBA teams so far in his ninth NBA season — hit a game-tying shot to send last night’s Knicks-Spurs game into overtime before the Knicks prevailed, 104-100. Steam exploded off the top of Gregg Popovich’s head after the loss, and he ripped his team for their “lack of respect for the game.”

Here’s that game-tying bucket by Amundson with 5.5 seconds left. And yes, that’s Amundson hitting an easy layup to knot the score. Even if the Spurs had won it in overtime, you still have to put a career 43.8 percent free throw shooter on the stripe rather than give him an open layup.

That was just one of the reasons Popovich decided to Rambo his team after the game:

It was a historic upset, according to Elias:

The Knicks, who entered Tuesday with a record of 13-53 (.197), defeated the Spurs, 104-100 in overtime at Madison Square Garden. New York is the first sub-.200 team ever to defeat the defending NBA champions at least 60 games into a season.

The excitement Tony Parker and Tim Duncan exhibited when they learned Fabricio Oberto was at MSG last night, foreshadowed their lackadaisical effort:

The whole game was a disaster for San Antonio, and right when the Western Conference playoff seedings get further smushed together. Langston Galloway, the former Westchester Knick who has proven to be a solid scorer on the NBA’s worst team, finished with a game-high 22 (10/18) in the win.