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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said he never met the late Erin Popovich, but, Thompson said, "She had to put up with Pop, so I know she's an amazing woman and he's an amazing man. Just very unfortunate part of life. Our thoughts are with them. I couldn't imagine what they're going through." Thompson added of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and why he's so beloved, "He's a voice for a lot of people who don't have one. He's a very thoughtful man and just has a great mind to him -- not just with basketball but with his world views and everything outside this arena."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

With the outpouring of support for Gregg Popovich after the passing of his wife, Erin, Warriors coach Steve Kerr -- who played for Popovich -- explained why the Spurs coach is so beloved. "He's just such an incredibly powerful personality," Kerr said Thursday. "He's so raw and honest and morally sound. He's got his convictions and he sticks to it. He doesn't care what anybody thinks of him. Whether you like him or not, I don't think you can argue with the fact that he is a champion for human rights, civil rights, for the good in people. He's not afraid to call out people who are not helping their fellow members of society. I think everybody sees that honesty and conviction and whether you played for him or not, it's easy to see that. He's become a voice for the league and a huge figure in the league over the last couple decades on many fronts. He's obviously impacted the league. He's got so many branches of his coaching tree out there. We're all impacted by the way he's coached -- not just the x's and o's but his humanity, the way he treats his players and fellow coaches. Maybe not to much sideline reporters, but we give him a pass on that one. Pop is one of the finest human beings I know and he's made an incredible impact on my life."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shares his memories of the late Erin Popovich: "I knew her well. She was close with my wife when I played here. Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed. I still remember when he traded me to Portland in 2001. He called me up to tell me the news and he said, ‘I don't think I can go home because Erin is going to be so mad at me for trading you.' Margot [Steve's wife] and Erin were close and stayed in touch over the years. She was part of the family. She has dealt with a lot over the past few years, health-wise, and has been very courageous in her battle. So we all grieve and at the same time try to celebrate her life and her legacy. You've got to be special to be married to Pop. She was very kind. I know Pop has told this story, but the way Pop handles the sideline reporters and media sometimes, he'd go home and Erin would lay into him -- ‘What are you doing?' And so she kind of kept him in check. But she was a wonderful person. Pop has told me a lot over the past few years about how happy they've both been being relatively new grandparents over the past five years or so. So it's hard not to think about the grandkids right now and of course Pop and Erin's two kids, Jill and Micky. We all mourn her loss."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall and Scott Brooks say a major emphasis for Game 3 is getting off to a stronger start. Toronto jumped out to leads of 10 and 22 in each of the first quarters of Games 1 and 2. Expect the Wizards to try to feed off of the DC crowd early and try to jumpstart Bradley Beal.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall on what he's learned being down 0-2 coming home last postseason against Boston that he can apply against Toronto: "I'm always cool. Just be cool. [Stay] cool."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek handled tough situations in New York, including owner Jim Dolan's mishandling of the Charles Oakley incident, with class. Dolan did the opposite of that when he criticized Hornacek in an interview with the New York Post a week after his firing. I understand management explaining the decision after it happens. There's need for Dolan to add to it a week later.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks owner James Dolan, in an interview with the New York Post, said Phil Jackson ‘underestimated' his job as Knicks coach: "The entire market wanted to me to hire him and when I did, the entire market said it was a great move. The only thing was, everyone said that I shouldn't interfere with him. Three years later, everyone wanted to know when I was going to do something about Phil. The same people who told me not to interfere wanted me to interfere. But that's OK. I just think that Phil underestimated the job."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks owner James Dolan, in an interview with the NY Post, takes an unnecessary shot at ex-head coach Jeff Hornacek. "I think Hornacek had the same kind of issue that Phil (Jackson) did in that he didn't grasp how different the players are now in the way they think and deal with management and the coaches," Dolan said. "I think he was way behind on that." Why trash Hornacek a week after you fired him?

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks owner Jim Dolan, in an interview with the New York Post, doesn't rule out the possibility of Kristaps Porzingis missing the entire 2018-19 season following ACL surgery. He adds that Porzingis is a player the Knicks need to build around. Porzingis is eligible for a 5-year, $157 million extension this summer.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

For the first time since he tore his Achilles' tendon in January 26th, Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins has stepped foot in the Smoothie King Center where he will join his New Orleans teammates tonight at Game 3. Cousins brought his physical therapist on the trip so he can continue his rehab and treatment regimen.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier on Kyrie Irving's leadership from afar: "He's here with us. His spirit is here. He's still part of this team. He's still our leader."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on passing of Erin Popovich: "Super sad. All of our thoughts and prayers from our whole organization are with Gregg, his family and the entire Spurs organization. It's just another reminder of how unimportant this game is compared to everything else that's going on."

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Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

For the first time since he tore his Achilles' tendon in January 26th, Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins has stepped foot in the Smoothie King Center where he will join his New Orleans teammates tonight at Game 3. Cousins brought his physical therapist on the trip so he can continue his rehab and treatment regimen.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs want to make this game as normal as possible with Ettore Messina at the helm:

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier asked about his "Drew Bledsoe" reference when talking about Eric Bledsoe after Game 1. "I made a huge mistake," said a smiling Rozier. "It is what it is."

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