Pop Erred in Late-Game Substitutions?
It was right there for the Spurs, who’d come here to eliminate the Heat, and that’s when Gregg Popovich made a substitution.
The game is won and the game is lost in a million small battles, but in the end the decisions by Popovich remained glaring and open to question. No (Tim) Duncan when a rebound could clinch it? No (Tony) Parker when a basket was needed? These are Hall of Famers.
If Indiana’s Frank Vogel is shredded for pulling out 7-foot Roy Hibbert and leaving the rim exposed for LeBron in a critical loss in the Eastern Conference finals, then Popovich can be questioned for going with Diaw over Duncan with the title on the line.