If you are Gregg Popovich, you sometimes have to laugh to keep from crying.
Known more for his brevity in the post-quarter interviews, Popovich actually has quite the sense of humor. And he needed every bit of it after watching Serge Ibaka’s mere presence take away all the aggression from his team.
Ibaka strained his calf in the finale against the Clippers in the second round. He was ruled out for the rest of the Playoffs. Then, all of a sudden, Ibaka emerged just when his team needed him. He recorded four blocks for the Thunder.
Manu Ginobili left the game in the fourth quarter and went tot he locker room early. He appeared to be limping some and holding his own leg in injury. That started the speculation that Ginobili was dealing with something.
Alas, he is perfectly fine. Popovich confirmed that and then added in the line that he could be out for the postseason.
Always count on Popovich to keep his team loose even after this one loss. His team should remain incredibly focused for tomorrow night’s Game Four. And, yes, Ginobili will play.