The Cowboys play in the NFC East, but there’s definitely a Southern feel to their 2018 schedule. Dallas will face all the teams from the NFC and AFC South, adding five 2017 playoff teams to the slate in addition to Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia twice.
“Pop, if you’re watching out there, we love you. Our whole team and coaching staff has been thinking about you every day. Your team reflected who you are tonight. They battled every step of the way and that was a big-time fight and we’re lucky to get out of here.”
Durant led the Warriors with 25 points. Thompson scored 24 — including 17 in the first half — and Draymond Green set a playoff high with 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
Ginobili, who turns 41 in July, finished with 10 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. He shot 3-of-7 from the field, hitting 1-of-4 from 3-point range. He can pick up the option on his contract and return to the franchise for which he has played since 2002-03 or perhaps retire.
“I’ve been contemplating retirement forever,” Ginobili said. “Nothing has changed. I just don’t know. I’ll let a month, two months go by and then I’ll see how I feel. I’m not the type of guy that makes decisions on the fly, when you’re upset, hurt or whatever. I usually let it sink in and see how it feels.”
Said Kerr, Ginobili’s former Spurs teammate: “I’m hoping that’s not his last game. I just told him I hope he keeps playing because he’s been just amazing for the league and so fun to watch night in and night out.”
Plumlee is expected to return to basketball activities this summer and be ready for training camp in the fall. He averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists for a Nuggets team that narrowly missed out on the postseason.
The 28-year-old Plumlee was acquired by Denver as part of a deal in February 2017 that sent center Jusuf Nurkic to Portland. Plumlee signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Nuggets last September.
Bucks center Thon Maker smiled while acknowledging there are still moments in games when Antetokounmpo makes plays that his teammates are in awe of.
“He showed that tonight,” Maker said. “He proved to himself he’s comfortable where he’s at. He’s humble, he knows what he’s capable of. He said it this morning that he’s going to take shots he’s comfortable with, not shots he don’t work on. I said it this morning as well; you rarely see superstars say that. They say they’re taking all the shots, they’re going to put the team on their shoulders. There’s ways to do that, but he knows where he wants the ball, where he wants to shoot the ball from. He knows what he works on, and he has a game plan. So you trust a guy like that. You trust that you’re going to get the ball back to him.”