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The Latest: Popovich won’t coach Game 3 after wife’s death

April 19, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Greg Popovich, whose wife died at 67 (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The San Antonio Spurs say Greg Popovich will not coach the team at home Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Golden State following the death of his wife.

Ettore Messina, a Spurs assistant since 2014, will coach the team. San Antonio lost the first two games on the road.

The Spurs announced Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. She was 67.

Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. He ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday

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10 a.m.

The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.

“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. The Warriors lead the series 2-0.

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