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Popovich the prankster

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did his best to entertain a crowd of reporters before tonight’s game. When asked about New Hampshire native Matt Bonner, who was riding the stationary bike a few feet away, the coach joked about not feeling too sorry for his injured forward.

“He doesn’t have to do anything; just travel around the country,” Popovich said. “He should be happy.”

Popovich, who hopes Bonner will return to the court in two weeks, joked about his own charmed life.

“It’s tough going out to dinner and watching games,” he said.

Popovich snuck up on Celtics coach Doc Rivers during his pregame chat with reporters.

“I won’t play anybody under 34-years-old tonight to make it even,” said Popovich, referring to the relative youth of the Celtics.

Getting down to business, Popovich talked about the tight Western Conference race between San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix. He rejected the notion his Spurs are struggling.

“I think people just say that because we’ve lost a few more games than Dallas has lost,” said Popovich. “We’ve done that before, so I don’t really see the difference. Although, they are playing better than anybody in the league. They’re clearly the best team in the league, but I think that reflects more on them than it does on us. I think Phoenix and Dallas are just kicking butt.”

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