Latest Gregg Popovich News

Jokic, Murray lead Nuggets' 108-90 romp of Spurs

Apr. 24, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a sputtering start to their postseason, the Denver Nuggets are starting to look like the team that ended a six-year playoff drought in such dramatic fashion. Nikola Jokic has a lot to do with it. Jokic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and fed Jamal Murray (23 points)...

Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic

Apr. 23, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse formed the perfect "O'' with his mouth and held it for a dozen or so seconds. Oh, these playoffs. They can leave your mouth agape — just like Nurse's gone-viral expression on the bench during a win Sunday in Orlando. Now leading...

Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pierce is replacing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts....

Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie series at 2-2

Apr. 20, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Denver coach Mike Malone wanted more passion, fire and emotion. The young Nuggets responded. Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and Denver beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round...

White has career-high 36 points, Spurs beat Nuggets 118-108

Apr. 19, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio point guard Derrick White was screaming, flexing and stomping around the court after almost every basket against Denver. It was completely out of character for White, but the mild-mannered point guard has never been in this situation before. White had a career-high 36 points...

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

Apr. 17, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray just couldn't get the bad taste out of his mouth, and even a bite of pretzel he poached from a kid after tumbling into the stands in the third quarter wasn't exactly satisfying. "It was really dry," Murray said. Maybe it was just what Murray needed, however, helping spark his...

Magic, Spurs, Blazers look for 2-0 series leads

Apr. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

Orlando had to fight until the final days of the regular season to get its postseason berth. Portland had to scramble down the stretch to replace a huge part of its success. And as is usually the case, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his team playing its best basketball at the end. The Magic, Trail Blazers...

DeMar DeRozan raises game another level in San Antonio

Apr. 15, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The thinking of DeMar DeRozan before joining San Antonio: Shoot. The mentality now: Share. Always a skilled scorer, the 29-year-old and four-time All-Star has taken his game to another level in San Antonio by taking to the floor with a different approach — a...

DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

Apr. 14, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006. What did it mean to him? "To be honest, nothing," Jokic said. It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs,...

Budenholzer voted by NBA's coaches as best this season

Apr. 13, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won this season's coach of the year award, presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association. Budenholzer led the Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record this season, leading Milwaukee to its best season in nearly 40 years. Milwaukee was the only team in...