MIAMI -- A Game 7 in the NBA Finals comes around only once in a while, so Gregg Popovich must be thoroughly enjoying himself.
"It's torture," the curmudgeonly San Antonio coach said an hour before Thursday's tip-off against Miami. "It's hard to appreciate or enjoy torture."
The typically tight-lipped Popovich was highly transparent, even insightful, in his pregame interview with reporters, acknowledging that the Spurs needed to get back up after their stunning 103-100 overtime loss in Game 6.
"Just filling the cup up again, basically," he said. "That was a devastating loss. To say anything less than that would be disingenuous. One rebound or the next rebound or make a free throw and the game is over. That's a pretty devastating situation.