The Golden State Warriors went up 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals with a 120-108 victory over the Spurs on Saturday night in San Antonio.
In case it wasn’t already obvious enough before Game 3 even started, the series is (basically) over. And the media was very aware of this in Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s postgame press conference.
Pop got only two questions (or at least only two that were caught on camera by NBATV and ESPN), and most of the press conference was awkward silence.
Here’s the beginning, where Pop is finally asked a question after 11 seconds of silence:
Pop talked about the Spurs’ shot-making and turnover issues, but also pointed out how the Warriors are just “a hell of a team.” He then waited 10 more seconds for another question, which was about the performance of San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 5 rebounds):
“Coach, you said before that LaMarcus had to score. Consider the way that they defended him, and the way he played, did you get what you wanted out of him tonight?”
Pop’s response: “Sure.”
That was followed by 10 seconds more of silence, before the press conference moderator asked if there were any more questions:
And five seconds later, the press conference was over. The NBATV guys certainly got a laugh out of it: