Gregg Popovich is usually a guy who'll give props to the opposing player for making a game winning shot or buzzer beater, but this time it was different. Pop was disappointed in his shooting guard Danny Green for not sticking to the game plan and he made sure he got that off his chest after the loss. Pop told the media after the game, as reported by Salt Lake Tribune.com, the following.
"What do you think a guy is going to do with two seconds on the clock?" Popovich told reporters. "You make him drive. You don't step back on Mo Williams. That's why he was on him — why we didn't have to have a small guy like Tony Parker. We put a big guy on him for that reason — to get up on him — and he backed off. Huge defensive error that cost us the game."
This had to be frustrating for the coach.
Granted, Green did take the blame for the loss to the Jazz, but with his quick feet, he had an advantage on Williams because of his height and wingspan. The Jazz had less than seven-seconds and with that amount of time, Williams had a long shot of taking an easier shot than the one he actually took.
If the Spurs pressured the ball, they would've had enough defense to cover one or two passes in rotations. A third pass would've been hard (it's the one that usually is wide open if the team can make that pass), but with less than seven seconds, there was no way that would've happened. Pop has the right to be upset.