San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been named NBA coach of the year, making him just the third coach in league history to win the award three times.

The NBA announced the honor on Tuesday. He has won it twice in the last three seasons and joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times.

Popovich led the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, which gives them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Popovich has led the Spurs to 15 straight 50-win seasons and has won 60 games four times in that span.

Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek finished second in voting and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau third (see full story).

Bobcats: Jefferson uncertain for Game 2
MIAMI -- LeBron James says Game 1 of a series is a feeling-out game, and Game 2 is where improvement happens.

That's what he expects from the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Miami took the opener of an Eastern Conference first-round series from Charlotte on Sunday, a game where the Bobcats saw Al Jefferson limp around for the final three quarters because of an ailing left foot.

Jefferson's availability remains in question, although he insists he'll play. In any case, the Heat say they're more worried about their own game.

Heat point guard Mario Chalmers missed practice Tuesday with a bruised shin, an injury from Game 1 (see full story).


Warriors: Team eager to erase Game 2 nightmare
OAKLAND, Calif. -- For all the problems he had facing the Clippers' smothering trap defense in Game 2 of their playoff series, Warriors guard Stephen Curry hopes to see more of it.

So, too, do the rest of his Golden State teammates.

That might seem odd coming from a team that was on the bad side of a 40-point loss. The Warriors committed 26 turnovers and spent most of the game trying to dig out of a double-digit hole that just kept getting deeper.

Los Angeles altered its defensive tactics slightly in the 138-98 blowout, harassing Curry with an aggressive two-man trap that successfully took him out of the mix.

Curry insists things will be different in Game 3 Thursday when the series shifts to Oracle Arena (see full story).