AT&T CENTER – After having won four championships in his career, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had this to say about whether or not he still gets nervous when the playoffs begin anew for his team each time:
“If you don’t get nervous (for the playoffs),” said Popovich, “you’re dead.”
“We’ve got to come out guns blazing,” said Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, as his team prepares to face the Spurs in the opening round. “After three days, I think both teams are ready to play,” finished Carlisle.
When asked if he enjoys watching Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki outside of when Nowtizki faces the Spurs, Popovich used the word ‘special’ in describing Nowitzki. “He’s a special player,” said Popovich, “a special competitor.”
In describing the Mavericks’ offense, Popovich said the Mavericks have a lot of versatility in the multitude of players on their roster they can go to on the offensive end, outside of their main options in Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.
One last tidbit, when asked if he enjoys the early Noon starts for games, Popovich said, “No.”
Sights and Sounds before the game
Here’s a few Vine videos of Danny Green (Spurs), Nowitzki, and former Spur DeJuan Blair (Mavericks) warming up prior to game one.