The Spurs absolutely demolished the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 111-92. And they did it by shooting a record-setting 75.8 (!) percent from the floor in the first half.
And point guard Tony Parker was the oil that fueled their high-powered locomotive. Quietly, he posted a +12 and a 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He worked the pick-and-roll to perfection time and time again down the floor. And his teammates benefited from the open looks he created. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were red-hot, and hit 17-of-21 shots for an incredibly efficient 44 points.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich may not be the cool, calm and collected “player’s coach” that Erik Spoelstra is. He is very methodical and holds his players to incredibly high standards. But he’s not afraid to praise them, either. He’s just not very public about it.
He was spotted praising Parker near the end of Game 3, saying the veteran point guard showed “great leadership,” and exhibited “solid play with the ball.” Watch the video for the rest of the dialogue between the two.
(H/T: CJ Fogler)