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October 27, 2020

Gregg Popovich asked by a fan why he benched Duncan in the final possession of Game Six

The Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gives an inspirational message to the San Antonio Food Bank staff. As he mentioned they are the true heroes to inspire the community. Pop also allows Q&A sessions with the staff as one question is worthy of attention. Asking Pop why he benched Timmy in the final possession in the game six of 2013 Finals. The veteran coach already explained why he did it right away after the game.

“It’s not that simple,” Popovich said. “That’s not why they got the threes. We were up five when they got their first three, and so redding and switching makes sense just to take away the three. But on an offensive rebound, it’s one of the toughest things in the NBA, to pick up people. And we had one guy who didn’t pick up. LeBron shot an airball when we were up five. They got the rebound, they got it back to him and he knocked it down.

And then on the last possession, we were switching at the three‑point line to take away the three, and Boris Diaw has a little more speed than Tim Duncan, so it makes sense to have him out there redding at the three‑point line. Unfortunately we had two guys that went to LeBron and didn’t switch with [Chris Bosh], and he went right to the hole. He’s the guy who got the rebound, so it has nothing to do with Duncan.”

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