The International Blogtable: What's Up, Pop?


Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.
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If youíre Gregg Popovich, whatís your next move?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

I continue to keep James in check defensively, but do not put two men on him. The Spurs must contain him, but also make the Heat take contested shots. I have my club keep moving the ball offensively. I let Leonard bring the ball half-court more often and distract the Heatís defense with taking the pressure off Parker. I have Tim Duncan go deeper and force more contact in the paint. I have confidence in our rebounding and I know that if we can limit our turnovers on contested high pick-and-rolls, weíll be fine.
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

Just preach patience and execution. The ball is in the Spurs' court, and Miami will have to come and get it. The one thing I'd do is go to Tony Parker's ear and be like, "You're the best point guard in the world. Just be aggressive and run this guy (Chalmers) out of the floor." If Parker is aggressive, good things will come.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

Reduce errors, I'd say. They committed only four turnovers in the first game, a mark stunningly quadrupled in the following game. Against an explosive team like the Heat, Popovic must know his team has to make every effort to minimize errors.
Philipp Dornhegge

Parker and Ginobili need to refocus, and they will. So that should help a lot. However, we shouldnít forget that Tim Duncan was totally out of sync, too. Pop needs to find ways to get him in better position to be a real threat. Heís being defended pretty well, so maybe a couple of easy baskets can get him going. On that one dunk he had on a Manu pass he actually looked relieved to be able to put one in. More of those plays might be important for him - and the team.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

During Game 2 coach Popovich used a different rotation. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili played 34 minutes less (combined) in comparison to the premiere. Keeping the team fresh is an important task for coach Pop, who saw what the Heat can do when playing in up-tempo mode. So, if I was the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs I would try to limit turnovers (17 in Game 2 - 4 in Game 1) and avoid allowing fast-break opportunities to a team as strong in transition as Miami. Moreover a low-post oriented offense would slow things down and expose the Heat's lack of size in the block. It 's important for the Spurs to use the mis-match situations on their advance. Miller and Allen hit six three-pointers and didn't get to work hard on defense, as San Antonio should make them do. Last, but not least, I would try to bring old Manu back. The Spurs need him, badly.
Akshay Manwani
Blogger, NBA India

If I were Coach Pop, I wouldnít do anything dramatic just yet. After all, the Spurs have negated the Heatís home-court advantage by winning Game 1. Yes, the Spurs need to do a better job of taking care of the ball. Sixteen turnovers is just too much, and coming against the defending champions, each one's costly. Also, itís difficult to imagine that the Heat will maintain their 3-point shooting effort from Game 2 (52.6 percent) consistently in this series. However, if the Spurs lose Game 3, I would consider going small, bringing in either Gary Neal or Boris Diaw in place of Tiago Splitter in the starting five. With Tony Parker capable of penetrating and drawing multiple defenders, having open spot up shooters on the perimeter could hurt Miami.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

If I'm Gregg Popovich I want to make sure my guys are angry after their second worst loss in an NBA Finals game. I want to make sure they remember how well they played in Game 1. I want to make sure Kawhi Leonard knows he's doing a great job guarding LeBron. I want to address team turnovers, 3-point defense and inside presence. I want to make sure my Big Threes knows very well their team needs them all. I want to remind everybody this could be the last run of this amazing group.
Aldo Avinante

Pop must adjust their game a little because they have been focusing too much on stopping LeBron James. The bomb squad of the Heat took off in Game 2. Ray Allen and Mike Miller got a lot of open looks in the perimeter while Mario Chalmers went wild scoring a game-high 19 points. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh got going early in the game, setting up a strong fourth quarter finish for LeBron.
SelÁuk Aytekin
Editor, NBA Turkiye

Gregg Popovich should explain to his guys who they are playing with! These are the champs. Come at them accordingly. LeBron James and his friends just taught San Antonio a big lesson.