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Craig Sager: Junior tried to be prepared. It's a hell of a lot easier if the Spurs are winning, but not only did the Spurs lose their lead in the third quarter, but Tim Duncan also got hurt, banged his knee, and he was out of the game. I was cringing, but he did such a great job and Pop was fantastic, making his comments afterward about getting me back there. That brought tears to my eyes. It couldn't have been a better start to my therapy to see something like that. Bleacher Report

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After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from the Lakers, Ettore Messina is mentioned even as a candidate for the coaching job in Los Angeles. So, it’s a fact that this is the last European season of coach Messina, but his main option at this point seems to be the top assistant of Gregg Popovich. According to Eurohoops sources close to the situation, Messina has already informed CSKA Moscow that he is leaving in the summer, despite having a contract for one more season. Don’t be surprised if CSKA just lets him walk and give him their blessings. The same thing happened in the past with Andrey Kirilenko and retired European star Thodoris Papaloukas. Both of them had contracts, but Kirilenko was able to return to the NBA late in the summer of 2012, even with his NBA out clause expired, and Papaloukas left for his home country, Greece, and Olympiacos in the summer of 2008, despite having two years left in his contract with Moscow. EuroHoops.net

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Carlisle's Mavs played with true grit and determination and registered their biggest win of the season as they shocked the Spurs 113-92 to square their best-of-seven first-round playoff series at 1-1. Afterwards, Carlisle, who earlier Wednesday described Popovich as the "Coach of the Century,'' didn't think he had just won a chess match with the Spurs' legendary coach. "I think Pop’s the greatest coach in NBA history and I don’t think it’s close, with all due respect to Phil Jackson, who is a friend,'' Carlisle said. "I think what Pop’s done with the longevity -- staying in one place and not moving around and that kid of stuff -- by the time he gets done he probably will have been here longer than (Jerry) Sloan was in Utah, and that’s unthinkable that could happen.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career. Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. In a career full of masterful coaching performances, Popovich may have delivered his best in season No. 18. USA Today Sports

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