Coach Popovich Is, Quite Simply, Diabolical

You’re a producer for NBATV. You and your merry crew have shipped off to springy Denver for a matchup that might be a preview of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. You’re excited. If this thing pulls well, could be a great chance to showcase your skills, and promote the network. Duncan! Melo! Billups! Parker! Only on NBATV!

You’re George Karl. You’ve managed to take a team that everyone was laughing at you to the top of the division, 9th in defensive efficiency, and you know, respectable in stuff (sorry about that, Mr. Karl). You’ve got San Antonio coming to town tonight, after an overtime game against a huffer-and-puffer Warriors team to start the Rodeo road trip. You’ve got a great chance to get a signature win.

You’re Ime Udoka. You haven’t seen the floor much this year. You’re looking forward to a night of resting on the bench, with the occasional rise to congratulate teammates coming out of timeouts or jumping up and yelling whenever someone dunks, which should be… never.

And Gregg Popovich has ruined all three of your nights.

Popovich yanked Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker for the game tonight. All of them. Effectively killing any drama in the game, denying Karl a quality win, and preventing Ime Udoka from texting his special lady friend from the bench all night.

Popovich, you diabolical madman, is there anything you won’t do?

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.