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NBA Playoff Capsules: Third straight loss puts Spurs' season on brink

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Manu Ginobili clenched his fist and punched the scorer's table. But nasty isn't what the San Antonio Spurs need anymore.

They need a new plan, and fast. Or their season is about to be over.

Practically invincible not even a week ago, the Spurs are now on the brink of being finished after losing a third game in five days to the Oklahoma City Thunder, this time in a 108-103 loss Monday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started this series demanding to see "nasty" from his players, but what the NBA coach of the year is searching for now is a way to somehow hang onto a remarkable season that is quickly slipping away.

"If we can't win on Wednesday, we're not a championship-caliber team," Popovich said. "It's as simple as that.

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Miami Heat coach Spoelstra 'couldn't care less' about Rajon Rondo comments.

Miami Heat coach Spoelstra 'couldn't care less' about Rajon Rondo comments. | into Basketball | Scoop.it

Miami was called for 13 personal fouls in the first half (and 28 for the game), while Rondo picked up a technical after an altercation with Heat forward Shane Battier.

 

Following the Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory, Rondo again spoke with Burke and was asked if he expected any repercussions from his halftime comments.

"What I said was true," Rondo said. "I don't take back what I said. That's what it is."

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