- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN ANTONIO -- It wasn't quite the star-studded affair that many anticipated on Sunday between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's pregame performance may have been just as entertaining.
Standing in front of a crowd of reporters outside the Spurs locker room, Popovich was asked for his thoughts on Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's decision to sit LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for Sunday's nationally televised game.
What ensued was pure Popovich; the 64-year old future Hall-of-Fame coach staggered backwards in pretend astonishment, hands flailing in the air and mouth fully agape.
"What kind of s--- is that?," Popovich shouted with feigned indignation. "Are you kidding me? What a bunch of rummies. Who would think of something like that?"
The joke wasn't lost on anybody in the hallway as Popovich continued his fake rant while the surrounding reporters bellowed with laughter.
"That's below the belt," Popovich added. "There's no place for that."
As it turned out, it was Spoelstra and the Heat who would get the last laugh.
Even without James, Wade and Mario Chalmers who sat out with a sore right ankle, the depleted Heat beat the Spurs 88-86 on their home floor, thanks to a go-ahead 3-pointer from a most unlikely source, Chris Bosh, with 1.1 seconds left. After the final buzzer, the Heat celebrated on the court like it was a Game 7. James and Wade emerged from the locker room to tackle fellow teammates as they left the court.