When asked if he felt the game was over by the time he removed his starters from the game, Coach Popovich said “Absolutely. That’s exactly what I felt. We have another game tomorrow–it’s a long season. The chances of winning the game were not good.”
For his entire post game reaction, one should click here.
Otherwise, here are some other key takeaways from Coach Popovich in regards to his thoughts on the play of the Knicks.
On what makes the Knicks’ fast-paced offense so effective: “Obviously, I’m the wrong person to ask, because if I knew, I would have done something to stem that sort of thing. “
On why the Spurs were outplayed by the Knicks in the fourth quarter: “I have no idea. It’s just basketball, there’s nothing tricky going on out there. [The Knicks] were more aggressive, more physical–they were hungrier than we were and it showed in a lot of ways…
…if we score 115 points, I expect to win the basketball game. Our defense was pathetic. It was the worst defense of the year for us.”
On the Knicks success: “They did a good job. I’m happy for Mike [D'Antoni]. He’s had to go through some tough stuff, but they’ve obviously turned the corner. It’s wonderful for him, the players, and the organization. They’re obviously going in the right direction, so I am happy for him.”