Coach Pop Pregame Media Availability - Spurs vs. Mavericks

March 14, 2013

(On the recent success of the Dallas Mavericks…)
“They’re playing very well. They’ve won some games in a row and they’re only a couple games out from the playoffs, so I’m sure they’re very motivated. Dirk (Nowitzki) has gotten back in the groove a little bit and they’re used to him now. They’re a much different team then when we played them earlier for sure.”

(On the play of Vince Carter this season…)
“We’ve been talking about him several times, not just lately, but through the whole season. I think he’s done some things that have surprised people because he’s been consistent the whole year. You think he’s a little bit older, but the things he does are very impressive and he looks as good as he’s looked in a long time.”

(On the status of Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard for tonight’s game…)
“We’ll play them like we usually do.”

(On the progress of Tony Parker’s recovery…)
“He’s doing fine. He’s on schedule. Two weeks is tomorrow. Initially, he told us four weeks probably. I don’t think it will be quite that long. I don’t know if I’m being too hopeful, but I think it will be shorter than four weeks.”