Gregg Popovich likes to have fun with the media, and after Thursday's 117-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs head coach joked around a bit. Here's the exchange:
Reporter: Five games, five blowouts. To us who don't really know the game, how do you explain that?
Popovich: You're serious? You really think I can explain that?
Reporter: In simplest terms. I know you can. The question is, 'Will you?'
Popovich: Good lord. And they pay you, don't they?
Reporter: Very little.
Popovich: Thus the question. It's not worth much.
The whole back-and-forth was good-natured and peppered with laughter from both parties, as well as the other assembled media. Later on at the podium, he did provide a real, long-winded answer when asked why the games had been so lopsided, via ASAP Sports:
No, there's no way. I have no clue, honestly. I think every game, it's a different animal. It really is. We talk to our team about that all the time. You have no clue what's going to happen, how a team is going to come out, whether they're going to be lethargic or hold the ball, don't hold the ball, get 50/50 balls or don't get 50/50 balls. The game is played once it begins and adjustments start. Both sides are going to make their adjustments, whether it's substitutions or changing pick-and-roll defenses or who you want to go to, how many minutes so-and-so should play. All that happens when the game starts. There are plays, there are calls, there are runs that happen that make momentum stop or get extended. And then a lot of it has got to do with players making shots on a certain night, and it can go in either direction.
In typical Pop style, he elected to end his response with a joke:
Obviously, it seems like the home court motivates both teams pretty well. That's one thing I guess you could say. They both look like they feel pretty comfortable playing at home. So that's why we've opted not to go to OKC.
Game 6 will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, assuming the Spurs show up.