Here’s what some of the players said about their coach’s decision:
Tony Parker: “I don’t know what to say.”
Kawhi Leonard: “He just disappointed in the last couple plays. So I guess he thought that we all should come out at the game at that time, and see if that second unit had more energy.”
Manu Ginobili: “Pop got upset with the guys starting the quarter, sat them, and the whole momentum changed. In playoff games, especially on the road, a two-minute mental ‘something’ can become a 10-point deficit. That’s what happened. We were in good shape at the half. Not playing well, not shooting great, down four on the road, and it was a good situation. It was OK for us. We had that moment there in which the whole game changed. I guess he wanted to point out that it was not the right approach to start a third quarter.”
Game 3 was frustrating for the Spurs, but they still lead the series 2-1.
The Celtics did hold on to defeat the Wizards, 123-111.
“Some people probably think it was a little selfish of me. They’d think I was really mad at myself. But it really wasn’t,” Smart said. “I just felt like, at that moment, we were up and my plays with the two turnovers back-to-back and the two fouls, fouling a 3-point shooter — something we all know you’re not supposed to do, especially Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys then he gets the and-1 that gets them rhythm and they keep going — I just felt like at that time for me and my team I wasn’t really doing anything Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys to help.