Bowen
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San Antonio's Bruce Bowen averaged 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Spurs this season.

Q: I know Pop is one of the best inthe league and I would like to know what is the biggest aspect of your game or life has he influenced since you were brought in to the Spurs organization?
-- Lane, Dallas, TX

Bowen: I think taking the high road. (Coach Popovich) never gets involved in something controversial. He doesn't worry about things that are out of his control. There are people that deal with those things (in the league office), so he just doesn't get involved and takes the high road when it's not in his control.

Q: I wanted to know how the spurs prepare for a game. Is their a sort-of ritual u guys have?
-- Jeremy, Newfoundland, Canada

Bowen: We do a walk through of the game. We go over key points and re-cap the scouting report...watch players that we need to focus on. There's nothing unusual. We just try to prepare the same for each game.

Q: How u describe the way u and the whole spurs are playing this playoffs? How can u compare the way that u play this season from last season?
-- Jerner, Philippines

Bowen: You don't have recollection of how you played in previous seasons when you are concentrating on this season. You just take what you can each game and concentrate of what is in front of you. I think we are moving in the right direction this season. There's always room for improvement and we have things we can improve on, but I am happy with how we are playing right now.

Q: Is it harder to defend bigger guys or the quicker ones...example Kobe or Carmelo Anthony?
-- Gabe, Katy, TX

Bowen: It's not that one is harder than the other...they just present different challenges.

Q: Do you ever get nervous stepping on the court at the start of the game with millions of people all over the world watching you play against some of the best players in the world?
-- Matt, North Charleston, South Carolina

Bowen: I get nervous before every game. It's human nature. There are a lot of guys out there that say they don't, and if they don't, then that's them...but I get nervous before every game...it's part of competition.