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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tells crowd not to boo Kawhi Leonard

A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

Good morning, I'm A Martínez. During last night's Spurs/Clippers game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to address the home crowd.

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GREGG POPOVICH: Can we stop all the booing and let these guys play? It's got no class. That's not who we are.

MARTÍNEZ: Seemed like he was defending his former player, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard. But as Popovich later explained, anyone that knows anything about sports knows you don't poke the bear. Leonard scored 18 of his game high 26 points after the announcement, and his team won. So too little, too late, Pop. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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