SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich’s opening — and closing — statement after Tuesday night’s game probably won’t make the Phoenix Suns feel any better.
“I thought they outplayed us and out-coached us, out-physicaled us, out-executed us and we had no respect for them or for the game,” Popovich said. “We didn’t play with each other and it was a pathetic performance. Phoenix got robbed.”
Popovich didn’t take any questions and left the room.
The Suns dropped their ninth straight game,126-124, as Rudy Gay hit a shot over Kelly Oubre Jr. at the buzzer and mark the third time the Suns have lost a game on a last-second shot during this skid.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam doomed the Suns with a lefty finish at the rim on rookies Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton. Two games later, Derrick Rose knocked down a jumper with 0.6 seconds left over Bridges to give Minnesota a two-point win.
Then Gay delivered in the clutch, but that didn’t stop Popovich from ripping his San Antonio Spurs and praising the Suns at the same time.