On a night when the Spurs allowed the Rockets to shoot 52.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from three, Pop apparently kept his postgame press conference so brief that some members of the media missed his availability, during which he put his team on blast:
Pop came to meet the media about 5 mins after buzzer sounded: "embarrassing performance." #Spurs— Ari Temkin (@arisports) December 26, 2013
Missed Pop because apparently he was pissed and ended his post-game presser before most of us got here. Just grilled his team. #Spurs— Paul Garcia PS (@PaulGarciaPS) December 26, 2013
This shouldn't be too shocking, though, considering Popovich's history of preferring to keep things short and sweet, especially when he's not in a jovial mood.
And in what should come as no surprise, Rockets center Dwight Howard was keeping things light in the Houston locker room following the win, per Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:
Pop furious. Meanwhile, in the Rockets locker room, Dwight Howard serenades female Chinese reporter with R Kelly.— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) December 26, 2013
Howard may very well be one reason for Popovich's frustration, as the Houston big man continued on his torrid December pace, scoring 15 points and pulling down 20 rebounds in a dominant showing against a San Antonio frontcourt that looked overwhelmed throughout. The Rockets scored 50 points in the paint and drilled 12 three-pointers in the win.
Popovich had even more reason to be upset after his team put forth an offensive performance that saw just three players (Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan) finish in double figures, while point guard Tony Parker scored a season-worst six points on 3-of-11 shooting while dishing out just four assists.
The Spurs are now 0-2 this season against the Rockets, with both losses coming at home.