Gregg Popovich

Center Javale McGee drives to the basket for two as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on April 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Old Warriors show up, bully Spurs to open title defense

OAKLAND — Less than an hour before the Golden State Warriors began…

 

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Draymond Green (23) block San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors rise above undermanned Spurs

OAKLAND — Kawhi Leonard has played fewer than 10 games since he…

 

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches shootaround in the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Spurs coach expresses sympathy for Steve Kerr

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head man Gregg Popovich and Golden State…

 

Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors headed to third-straight NBA Finals after sweeping West playoffs

Fo’, Fo’, Fo’ equals three SAN ANTONIO — The Golden State Warriors…

Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors roll as Popovich plays long game

SAN ANTONIO — Sports can be so simple. For the San Antonio…

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gregg Popovich’s act fails to motivate Kawhi-less Spurs

OAKLAND — When Gregg Popovich put on a show, calling Zaza Pachulia…

Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Is it Dirty Zaza or Unlucky Kawhi? Depends on who you support

OAKLAND — The issue deals with laundry, more specifically uniforms, such as…

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, which is an unfortunate situation for everyone — even if his absence did lead to a Warriors win. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Regrettable play leaves Spurs without best player, Warriors defending themselves

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors got blitzed out of the gates…

Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, which is an unfortunate situation for everyone — even if his absence did lead to a Warriors win. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich made a case that Zaza Pachulia is a dirty player. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Spurs coach furious Warriors center injured Kawhi Leonard

OAKLAND — Kawhi Leonard was hurt in Game 1 of the Western Conference…

Gregg Popovich made a case that Zaza Pachulia is a dirty player. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich remains a legend. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

WATCH: Gregg Popovich’s pregame comedy routine blasts Trump

OAKLAND — There's no one in pro sports quite like San Antonio…

Gregg Popovich remains a legend. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant hits the deck after getting tangled up with San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard following a missed layup during the Golden State Warriors' home opener at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night in Oakland. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New-look Warriors embarrassed by Spurs in season-opener

OAKLAND — By the time Jay-Z and Beyonce took their courtside seats…

Kevin Durant hits the deck after getting tangled up with San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard following a missed layup during the Golden State Warriors' home opener at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night in Oakland. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mike Brown, second in from right, was on San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s staff when Steve Kerr was still a player. Popovich couldn’t help himself from making jokes at both of their expense before Tuesday’s season opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pop guides Steve Kerr in filling vacancy, where to urinate

Last season opener, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was unable…

Mike Brown, second in from right, was on San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s staff when Steve Kerr was still a player. Popovich couldn’t help himself from making jokes at both of their expense before Tuesday’s season opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors wore Sager-style T-shirts before Tuesday's season opener. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors honor Craig Sager, Nate Thurmond

The Golden State Warriors donned particularly fashionable shirts for a cause before Tuesday’s…

Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors wore Sager-style T-shirts before Tuesday's season opener. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr may have the deepest, most versatile roster in the NBA, but the Warriors’ inability to keep up with the Oklahoma City Thunder reflects poorly on the second-year coach. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Time for Kerr to prove he’s Coach of the Year

There are a long list of reasons why the Warriors are in…

Steve Kerr may have the deepest, most versatile roster in the NBA, but the Warriors’ inability to keep up with the Oklahoma City Thunder reflects poorly on the second-year coach. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Andre Iguodala celebrates alongside  Draymond Green after Iguodala dunked during the second half of Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Warriors clinch No. 1 seed in playoffs

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors…

Andre Iguodala celebrates alongside  Draymond Green after Iguodala dunked during the second half of Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Despite what other teams contending for a title are doing, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of Golden State’s stars are playing big minutes recently to chase the record for most wins in a regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Taking down the record or bust

OAKLAND — If anyone still doubted whether the Golden State Warriors were…

Despite what other teams contending for a title are doing, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of Golden State’s stars are playing big minutes recently to chase the record for most wins in a regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)

Curry, Warriors have met the enemy

What, you thought it would be a three-month game of hopscotch, a…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)
Western Conference's Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, (30) slam dunks the ball past Eastern Conference's Paul George, of the Indiana Pacers (13) during the first half of the NBA all-star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Curry defers all weekend … but just wait

How exquisite that he waited until the final two seconds of a…

Western Conference's Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, (30) slam dunks the ball past Eastern Conference's Paul George, of the Indiana Pacers (13) during the first half of the NBA all-star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
Western Conference's Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers (24), receives a hug from New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) and teammates as he leaves the game during second half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

No Defense: Scoring Records At All-Star Game

TORONTO — Kobe Bryant exited the All-Star Game for the final time…

Western Conference's Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers (24), receives a hug from New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) and teammates as he leaves the game during second half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Curry leaves Popovich queasy

One never knows if Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s reigning smartass, is serious…

Warriors' Stephen Curry signals to his team in front of Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the game Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)