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Ettore Messina will coach the Spurs in Game 3

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Pop is out mourning his wife, Erin.

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Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will coach the Spurs in Game 3 versus the Warriors tonight. Gregg Popovich is currently away from the team following the death of his wife, Erin.

Messina joined the Spurs’ staff in the summer of 2014 after a spending most of his career in Europe and is widely considered one of the best European basketball coaches of all time. He served as head coach for a couple of games during the 2015-16 season when Pop was out due to a family emergency.

Per usual, Pop wants the focus to be on the game:

There is no word on when he plans to return to the team.