Ettore Messina Will Take Popovich's Place in Game 4

Ettore Messina Will Take Popovich's Place in Game 4

Ettore Messina Will Take Popovich's Place in Game 4

The Italian-born Messina is the team's lead assistant coach and has been with the organization since July 2014. That could be tricky given that it won't have near the motivation of San Antonio. "It sounds like you're asking me to write their obituary, which I'm not going to do". Durant led Golden State's first-half scoring with 12 points. It is a tricky proposition.

The Golden State Warriors may not have Stephen Curry, but the defending champions are still making quick work of the San Antonio Spurs and have a chance to finish off a sweep in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

Gregg Popovich will not return for Game 4 after missing the Spurs' 110-97 Game 3 loss due to the death of his wife, Erin. Kerr spent the majority of seasons late in his career with the Spurs. Kerr mused that Curry "had a nice hair cut" before noting the joy both Curry and the Warriors feel for having him actually practice for the first time in nearly a month.

Manu Ginobili joined a Spurs' team in 2002 that perennially won 50 games but hadn't reached The Finals since 1999.

LaMarcus Aldridge has tried to shoulder the load, but it isn't enough against a star-studded #Golden State team.

There are no guarantees that Popovich at age 69 would want to oversee a reclamation project.

It would be next weekend at the earliest before the second round begins, however, so Curry could be given medical approval next Friday and suit up for the start of round two.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have provided the bulk of the scoring.

"Against a fantastic team like they are, we know what we're playing against". They're going to give everything they have. Golden State was also undone by sloppy ball-handling. The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. After telling reporters Saturday that he refuses to write the Spurs' obituary, Kerr provided a quote that is sure not to end up on any bulletin boards in San Antonio's locker room.

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