Popovich won't coach Game 3 after wife's death

The Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio on Thursday

Spoelstra, Wade offer thoughts, prayers over loss of Popovich's wife

Defensively, the Spurs are yielding 99.8 points per game against the opposing teams.

Clinton reached out on Twitter to the coach and his daughters: "I join the National Basketball Association family and countless fans across the country who are thinking of you, Jill, and Micky tonight as you mourn the loss of your Erin".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr claimed both players should be okay for the potentially series-deciding Game Four on Sunday but added: "Shaun's was worse than Kevin's".

Already on the edge of their seats for the first home game of the playoffs, fans erupted when Rudy Gay threw down a one-handed dunk over Golden State's JaVale McGee. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs have given the Charlotte Hornets permission to interview him for their opening; Messina worked with new Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak when he was with the Lakers.

And that all stems from Popovich - the longest-tenured active coach in North American professional sports. "He's very successful, a great technician, a great game coach".

Said shooting guard Danny Green, comparing Messina's temperament to that of the more prickly Popovich, "He's the voice of reason".

Popovich, who has won five National Basketball Association titles since becoming coach in 1996, had run the Spurs' practice Wednesday.

James calls him a "mastermind of the game" and has said he'd consider playing for the US under Popovich at the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping the Rio Olympics. "But yet we still wanted to come out and try to win the game".

"We are all hurting", Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after the morning shootaround.

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Buford says Erin and Gregg were best friends who were together for 40 years.

In the midst of game 2 action last night in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, news broke that Erin Popovich, wife of the legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, had passed away after a bout with an unknown illness.

The Spurs announced Erin Popovich's death Wednesday.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humour to all of us".

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has known Gregg Popovich and his wife, Erin, for almost four decades. They met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons.

The Spurs jumped out to a 6-0 run to begin the game but soon cooled off.

Lebron will take the floor again on Friday night in Indianapolis for game 3, while the Spurs play tonight at home without coach Pop against the Warriors.

San Antonio was bone-dry from three-point range in the first half and would end the game going 7-33 from beyond the arc.

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