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Thunder-Spurs: Gregg Popovich knew Serge Ibaka would be back

by Erik Horne Modified: May 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014
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photo - Spurs' Gregg Popovich talks to the media before the Spurs' practice at their facility in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Spurs' Gregg Popovich talks to the media before the Spurs' practice at their facility in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

C’mon, you can’t fool Gregg Popovich.

When it was initially announced that Serge Ibaka would likely be out for the playoffs, the Spurs were skeptical and went about their business as if Ibaka was suiting up. And when the news broke that Ibaka was upgraded to day-to-day on Friday, Popovich reminded everyone that the Spurs know more than you, and they don't sleep on anything.

 

 

Can't you just hear the Pop sarcasm? Popovich and Presti go back to Presti's days as a front-office executive with the Spurs during their run of titles in the 2000s, so the longtime Spurs coach does know the Thunder GM better than most.

Popovich isn't just being Popovich in that quote. He also said it was good that Ibaka was potentially returning to the series. Three-point specialist Danny Green doesn't seem to mind either.

In a Friday press conference Sam Presti didn’t make any guarantees about Ibaka playing, but it would be a big boost to a Thunder team that's been beaten soundly in two games of the Western Conference Finals.

 

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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