Gregg Popovich is known for his unusual actions and clear opinions. During his San Antonio Spurs’ game, he now made a demand to the home fans via the arena microphone. The success was moderate
Coaching legend Gregg Popovich has criticized the San Antonio Spurs fans for their behaviour and received even more boos against his former player Kawhi Leonard in response. In the Spurs’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the home fans booed and insulted Leonard and the other professional players of the opposing team led by world champion Daniel Theis.
During a free throw for Leonard, who had demanded a farewell from the Spurs in 2018 and has been down with the supporters ever since, Popovich grabbed the hall microphone and said: “Can we stop booing and let these guys play? Have a little class. That’s not who we are. Stop booing. “
After a brief moment of silence, the Spurs fans booed even louder than before. The 102:109 was the tenth defeat in a row for the team led by super talent Victor Wembanyama. Theis finished with eight points, eleven rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes.
Leonard finished the game with 26 points, more than any other professional. Ultimately, he was only spurred on by the provocations, said Popovich after the defeat. He had not wanted Leonard to be motivated by the hostile atmosphere in the stands. “You don’t poke the bear,” said the 74-year-old: “Anyone who knows anything about sport knows that you shouldn’t tease the bear. That’s my answer. “
27 points for Franz Wagner, 26 for Schröder
Franz and Moritz Wagner won with the Orlando Magic against the defending champions and clinched their fifth win in a row. Franz Wagner scored 27 points in the 124:119 win against the Denver Nuggets led by Nikola Jokic on Wednesday evening (local time). Jokic managed a triple-double for the Nuggets: 30 points, 13 rebounds and twelve assists. Moritz Wagner also impressed once again with twelve points in 15 minutes on court.
Meanwhile, the fourth German world champion was also successful. Dennis Schröder’s Toronto Raptors won 132-131 away at the Indiana Pacers, who have been so strong so far. Schröder scored 26 points, while his team-mate Pascal Siakam was the best scorer with 36 points.
In the top game of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics won 119:116 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston led by 21 points at one stage, but the Bucks only reduced the lead towards the end and made the game exciting once again.