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“Both sides have great coaches. A great coaching staff,” Wade said. “They’re going to get their team prepared as well as they can. Obviously San Antonio has a system. Obviously they have certain players that’s featured in the system, that have been featured awhile, many years for them. That’s not a surprise.

“We’re going to have to make adjustments every game, throughout the series.”

There may be no coach in the league with more open disdain for in-game interviews, the ones taking place at the end of the first and third quarters of nationally televised games, than Popovich.

It’s not personal. He’d simply rather coach than talk.

“He says what he needs to say and he gets out,” Duncan said. “So I guess I’ve learned that much. … I think it’s hilarious. I think it’s awesome. As I said, he’s direct. He says what he needs to say and he gets out of there.”

Popovich has proven that time and again. In these playoffs alone, some of his interview highlights included calling half-seriously calling Duncan a pain in the butt, talking about wanting to trade Manu Ginobili over poor shot selection, prefacing his response to a question by warning a reporter he was about to receive a trite answer, and offering this gem when asked for his favorite part of the gameday process.

“Dinner,” Popovich said.

Spoelstra clearly embraces banter with the media more, though it’s almost impossible to get him to reveal much of his innermost thinkings or workings. He rarely has revealed any facet of his personal life. And just this week, when asked about how many hours coaches log in the playoffs, he had a two-word answer.

“That’s irrelevant,” he said.

What is relevant, more than anything else, is this: Spoelstra and Popovich are the last two coaches standing. And in a few days, one of them is going to cradle the Larry O’Brien Trophy once again.

That action will be worth much more than any words.

Erik is still in the phase where he gets more blame for their losses than credit for their wins, but he’s going to the Hall of Fame. He’s that good,” Van Gundy said. “His even-keel demeanor, his humility, I think helps him really get the most out of his best players and you know, it’s fun to watch his teams, fun to watch Pop’s teams. I just love the grace and humility both teams play with.”