Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before Game 2 that veteran forward Rudy Gay would start in place of Kyle Anderson in the frontcourt. Anderson played just 10 minutes in Game 1 and missed both of his field goal attempts. Gay meanwhile, scored 15 points in just 21 minutes while adding six rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Rudy Gay will start in place of Kyle Anderson tonight, per Pop
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 17, 2018
Rudy Gay will start tonight for #Spurs
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) April 17, 2018
The seventh-seeded Spurs are hoping the change sparks a team struggling without star forward Kawhi Leonard, who played in just nine games during the regular season. Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP and a two-time All-Star, will reportedly miss the entire postseason.
Report: Cavaliers’ Love suffers partially torn ligament in left thumb
The injury bug has once again struck Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love as he sustained a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, according to an ESPN report.
But according to the team, Love is not expected to miss any time and will be ready for Friday’s Game 3 at the Indiana Pacers.
Love missed six weeks earlier this season with a broken left hand. The Cavs’ All-Star had 15 points and six rebounds during the Cavaliers’ Game 2 victory of the Pacers.
LeBron James sets record straight on postgame interview
Following the Cavs’ 100-97 victory over the Pacers, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce interviewed LeBron James about his clutch 46-point performance that helped even the series at 1-1.
LaForce also took the opportunity to ask James for his immediate reaction to the death of Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
James seemed shocked by the news — which broke while he was playing — and offered his support Popovich.
“Obviously I’m a huge Pop fan. I love Pop,” James said. “That’s such a tragedy and my best wishes go out to Pop and his family.”
When James became aware of that people thought he was blindsided by the interview, he posted a video on UNINTERRUPTED to say “that is absoultely false.”
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) April 19, 2018
LaForce asked James before the interview if he would discuss the tragic news. And James agreed, although his emotions took over during the exchange.
LeBron went on to say that LaForce followed the proper protocol, praised her professionalism and sent out more thoughts and prayers to the Popovich family.
Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Erin, has died. She was 67.
The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.
”We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. ”She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.
Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.
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