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Gregg Popovich called Doc Rivers about dealing with Game 7 loss

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Doc Rivers (right) gave Gregg Popovich counsel on dealing with a Game 7 loss.  (USATSI)
Doc Rivers (right) gave Gregg Popovich counsel on dealing with a Game 7 loss. (USATSI)

Clippers coach Doc Rivers (OK, that was weird to type) told the Boston Globe that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called him after the Spurs' Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat and asked for advice on dealing with that kind of a loss.

So, that's pretty awesome for multiple reasons. You've got Popovich, who is supposed to be this all-knowing seer, seeking out the counsel of another great coach in this league, and you have Rivers telling him that the pain never goes away.

The Celtics lost an ugly Game 7 in an ugly series to the Lakers in 2010 after Kendrick Perkins went down with an ACL tear. The Spurs lost Game 7 in Miami, but that was after the far-more-brutal Game 6 loss that Spurs guard Manu Ginobili later admitted he never really got over.

Of course, if we're talking Game 7, you have to remember this as well.

Even with four championships, Popovich will never forget that game. It was an incredible series, a shame that someone had to lose. But the Spurs did, and it will hang with him despite Popovich's considerable and admirable perspective on sports in the greater picture of life.

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