The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 99-91, in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn’t on hand for the season-ending loss, as he is mourning the death of his wife, Erin.
Draymond Green has played in memorable games against Popovich and the Spurs innumerable times over the past few seasons, but after the Warriors’ victory, which clinched a 4-1 series win, the former Michigan State forward took some time to pay respect to ‘Pop.’
Draymond Green w/ a thoughtful tribute to Gregg Popovich: "When somebody passes away, we tend to think we're there for one or two days and then we float away and think their problem goes away… That problem don't leave for him. Much love, Pop. I send my prayers & best wishes." pic.twitter.com/Oo5Ui4YK1F
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 25, 2018
Erin died last Wednesday after a long battle with a respiratory illness, according to the San Antonio Express-News. She was 67. Players, coaches, executives and fans expressed their support for Popovich in the immediate aftermath.
Green, who played at Michigan State from 2008-12, scored 17 points and recorded 19 rebounds and 7 assists in the Warriors’ victory.