Monroe: Jefferson surprised by kudos from Popovich

In fact, Popovich and Jefferson had a private talk a few days ago that was designed to ease the player's mind about a lot of things, including defensive mistakes. "Nothing big," Jefferson said. "Just a sit-down on the court. He just told me to focus in on a couple of things and not to worry about this thing or that thing. After a while your head can get a little crazy. He said to focus on a couple things and go from there." The focus worked on Friday. In only three games this season had Gay, who came into the game averaging 20.4 points per game, been less productive than he was on Friday. He finished with nine points. The old man knows what he's doing. RJ has quietly been playing great D the last few games.