Popovich: Spurs 'hurting' after Finals loss

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By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gregg Popovich was reflective, loquacious, funny and even answered questions from the media without prompting.

It's easy to say it was all a bit out of character for Popovich, but the circumstances were new to the San Antonio Spurs coach and all those who have followed them.

San Antonio was 28 seconds away from going a perfect 5 for 5 in the NBA Finals under Popovich when everything went wrong. The Miami Heat rallied from a five-point deficit to tie Game 6, eventually winning in overtime Tuesday and then closing out their second straight title Thursday with a victory in Game 7.

So, instead of preparing for a victory parade down the San Antonio River, the Spurs spent Saturday morning cleaning out their lockers at the team's practice facility.

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