Gregg Popovich Lambastes San Antonio Spurs in Quick News Conference

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2013

December 19, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich instructs against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs were shellacked, 111-98, by the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day, and head coach Gregg Popovich was none too pleased with his team's performance. 

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: 

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:

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.