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THE CONFOUNDED POP: After Parker was injured in Game 3, one reporter wondered if Popovich would “mail in” Game 4 by resting Parker in hopes of having him at full strength for Games 5, 6 and 7.

“I have to tell you that phrase `mail in Game 4,’ it confuses my whole brain,” he said. “I don’t think I can think past that comment. I would like to help you, but I don’t know how to help you.”

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THE HELPFUL POP: When Popovich walked up to a group of reporters at the morning shootaround before Game 4, no one immediately asked a question.

“Do you want me to think of the questions, too?”

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