Not even a half-court buzzer beater from Miami Heat forward Mario Chalmers was enough to draw a reaction from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
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From the players to the coach, the San Antonio Spurs are not known to be the most animated bunch on the basketball court. In fact, it takes a loss to a team with an under .200 record to get the Spurs coach to even raise his voice above a whisper and call out his team.
So it came as no surprise when, on Tuesday night, Popovich witnessed Miami Heat forward Mario Chalmers fire up a half-court buzzer beater and didn’t even shrug.
Really Gregg, just a curl of mouth? That’s all we get after Chalmers took the in-bounds pass, two dribbles, and threw up a rainmaker from just outside of the opposite three-point arch? Considering how the defense is just standing around, we would have expected a little more fire. Nothing says, “oh well”, more than a side smirk.
(Vines via GifDSports)
Of course, perhaps Popovich was unimpressed because his Spurs were leading by eight at the time. He probably just bottled it up and lambasted the Spurs in the locker room, away from the earshot of the fans and the press. Whatever he said, it obviously worked. The Spurs went on to win the game by a score of 95-81, their fourth straight victory as they try to secure the sixth seed in the West. The defending NBA Champions are looking for their sixth championship under Popovich.
When all was said and done, Chalmers netted just 10 points on the night for a Heat squad led by Goran Dragic’s 19pts. Meanwhile, the Spurs received 22 points from Kawhi Leonard and 16 points and five assists from Tony Parker.
But in the end, Popovich had the last laugh, and another priceless Vine to add to the collection.
(h/t For The Win)
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