Gary Neal Takes Pops’ Advice, Lights Up Twitter with Huge Buzzer-Beating Half

June 11th, 2013 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knew what was at stake in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

With home-court advantage swiped from the defending champion Miami Heat and a full complement of AT&T Center faithful cheering on the Spurs for the first time this series, Pop pleaded with his team to not give away the edge they'd battled so hard to attain.

This wasn't some complex, statistically backed strategy he wanted them to employ. No; this was simply an old-school coach offering a bit of old-school advice:

"Get your name in the paper."—Gregg Popovich, old-school awesome.

— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) June 12, 2013 With two quarters to play, it's anyone's guess as to who will be filling the headlines tomorrow morning. But thanks to a magnificent first-half showing from reserve sniper Gary Neal, Pop can take some comfort in his team dominating the new-age media world:

Gary Neal has 14 points at halftime, tying his playoff career-high for a GAME.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2013 After Danny Green turned away LeBron James' shot in ...

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