Originally Posted by grizzly_bexar
Look, you can't fault his coaching decisions, and then ASSUME those same coaching decisions to get us into a position to win.
What I mean: You can't ASSUME Lebron James missing the three and then slam Pop for not having Duncan in the game to grab the rebound. Just as arguably, the miss is because of the fact Duncan's not in the game enabling us to switch.
You can't ASSUME Lebron missing a floater over Manu (who is in in lieu of Parker at that point) on the switch, and then assume TP's absence cost us the game, because TP's presence may have forced a double team and created a better shot for Miami.
And I hated TD/TP being on the bench starting the 4th as much as anybody. But did that decision seem so bad when they had the energy to put us up big with under a minute to go?
You can't ASSUME the Spurs take Lebron's punch and have the energy to come back and take the lead (and let's face it, the way Lebron was playing, it's arguable TD/TP wouldn't have made a difference).
Criticize him, sure. But be real. Don't forget his decisions that worked out on the first half of plays, or that may have helped put the Spurs in position to win.
I have never been a big fan of Pop's but this post is one of the most insightful astute posts I have ever read on this forum....I was blaming Pop too until I read this.....it all comes down to making FT's and for the love of God, foul the sh#t out of Bosh on that rebound of the James miss before he gets it to Allen. We just needed ONE of about 6 things to go our way in the last 30 seconds and we are celebrating a championship....most painful moment in 35 years of watching sports (eclipses montana to clark in the corner of the end-zone!)