Spurs vs. Celtics – Notes from shootaround
AT&T CENTER — Some quick notes from Thursday’s shootaround for the Spurs – Celtics nationalÂ TVÂ matchup. The AT&T Center wi-fi is having one of its bad days, so updates may be infrequent on the Twitters.
- Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are playing against the Celtics. Asked by the media who the starters were with everyone playing again, Coach Pop responded, “The same team that started all frickin’ year.” Coach Pop said there would be no limitations on Duncan and Ginobili’s minutes, they are expected to play their normal rotations.
- Coach Pop was in a somewhat playful mood, saying “I’m trying to keep this light, I’m scared shitless… we’ve lost like a million games in a row.”
- Varner touched on it a couple of weeks ago, but Ettore Messina is in the house tonight. He was sitting on the Spurs bench during shootaround chatting with Chip Engelland and Tiago Splitter. He’s sitting in the owner’s box during tonight’s game.
- During pre-game shootaround, Chris Quinn and Danny Green were running suicides under the supervision of the Spurs strength and conditioning coaches. The catch was, they were supposed to run the suicides while dribbling a basketball with their non-dominant hand. There was some contention between Quinn and Green as to which hand was Green’s “non-dominant” hand. Green was trying to explain that even though he shoots with his right hand, it wasn’t his dominant hand. No one really bought it, for obvious reasons. Neither Quinn or Green are in uniform for tonight’s game, which is why they were running suicides.