Coach Gregg Popovich To Miss Game 3 Of Playoffs After Wife's Death

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The San Antonio Spurs are playing tonight's playoff game against the Golden State Warriors with heavy hearts and without head coach Gregg Popovich.

The two-time All-Star played in nine game this season due to the injury and his inability to get on the court for practically the entire season was the main conversation topic surrounding the Spurs.

San Antonio played without coach Gregg Popovich, who was at home mourning the death of his 67-year-old wife, Erin.

Although the death surprised a lot of fans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, writing on Twitter, Erin Popovich died after an "extended illness".

'We're all suffering a profound loss to a really important member of our family and our team, ' Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Thursday.

Erin and Gregg had two children, Jill and Mickey, and two grandchildren.

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James learned about Erin Popovich's death after the Cavs beat the Pacers in Game 2 of their playoffs series.

Erin met Gregg in the 1970s while he served as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy where her father was an athletic trainer. Especially for those of us who were a part of the Spurs family, who have been so impacted by Pop and Erin over the years. It's a hard time for the Spurs-an organization that, because Pop has had a tenure of more than two decades, is especially familial-and with the series returning to San Antonio, we'll see what the organization does to honor the memory of a woman few in the wider National Basketball Association community knew well, but all are mourning today.

The Spurs are down, two games to none, in their series with the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

'It's bigger than the game, ' Warriors forward Kevin Durant said on Wednesday night. He called me up to tell me the news. That's devastating news. The NBA family ... we all stick together, compete every night.

The interview with James drew criticism because many viewers, judging from James's reaction, believed that the reporter, Allie LaForce, had sprung the news on him unexpectedly.

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