<
>

Gregg Popovich to miss games vs. Pacers, Timberwolves

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss the club's next two games to deal with a family medical situation, according to a team spokesman.

The Spurs face the Indiana Pacers on the road Monday night without Popovich, and Ettore Messina will handle head-coaching duties for that game and Tuesday's matchup at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

San Antonio, chasing the Golden State Warriors for the top record in the NBA, has won eight straight games. The Spurs have not lost in Indianapolis since the 2006-07 season, winning in seven consecutive visits.

Popovich is expected back for Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls at the AT&T Center.

A source with knowledge of the situation said Popovich and his family are fine and that there are no medical emergencies or major issues.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.