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#pounditMonday, September 28, 2020

DeMar DeRozan has funny explanation for Spurs’ big second half against Celtics

DeMar DeRozan has only played about half of an NBA season under Gregg Popovich, but the four-time All-Star already seems quite familiar with how the San Antonio Spurs coach operates.

The Spurs got off to a sluggish start in their game against the Boston Celtics on Monday night, scoring just 17 points in the first quarter and trailing 52-46 heading into the half. They then matched their entire first half production by exploding for 46 points in the third quarter en route to an eventual 120-111 victory. When asked what changed from the first half to the second, DeRozan had a very simple explanation.

“We got cussed out by Pop,” DeRozan told reporters with a straight face after the game. “Us not being aggressive, going out there real tentative, we had to change that.”

It was pretty obvious that Popovich and DeRozan have a strong relationship with the way Pop trolled DeRozan over his defensive play early in the season, so the latest comments aren’t really a surprise. Like many others before him, DeRozan clearly has a great deal of respect for his five-time NBA champion coach.

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