A pair of San Antonio Spurs began round two of the 2011 FIBA Americas as Manu Ginobili and Argentina defeated Cory Joseph and Canada 79-53 on Monday evening in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
After holding Canada to just nine points in the first quarter (21-9), Argentina used the 11-point cushion throughout the game as they took a 37-22 lead into halftime. Canada would win the scoring battle in the third quarter 21-17 but Argentina still led 54-43 at the end of three.
The fourth quarter was all about Argentina's defense as they forced Canada into turnovers and bad shot attempts. Argentina outscored Canada 25 to 10 in the final period to take the 26 point victory in the opening game of round two.
Ginobili finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 27 minutes of action. Former Spur Fabricio Oberto ended the game with 15 minutes of playing time while producing two points, six rebounds, one steal, and even one block with his time on the floor. Argentina was led by Houston Rockets' Luis Scola's 22 points and six rebounds.
Joseph went scoreless for Canada as he went 0-for-5 from the field and grabbed three rebounds, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes. Canada was led by Kelly Olynyk's 19 points and 12 rebounds. Argentina did a great job defensively as only two of Canada's players got into double figures.
On Tuesday, Joseph and Canada will begin the day as they face Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea and Puerto Rico. Ginobili and Argentina will take the floor afterward as they face Memphis Grizzlies' Greivis Vasquez and Venezuela.
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In a couple of years manu and TD will be hanging their sneakers and maybe even TP will ask to be traded. Is this the time spurs mgnt is waiting for? In so far as a shooting guard and small forward, the spurs have it. What about power forward and center? The grizzlies give us a resounding NO! The spurs needs at least 2 more power forwards and 2 more centers to contend. So with point guards. Either R. Sessions or N.deColo could help. Its almost too late to strengthen these positions and once again a team to be respected and reckoned with.
Previous games played by both C.Joseph and T. Splitter show much to be desired offensively. For joseph, he may develop into a good defensive player but he has to improve his perimeter shooting. T. Splitter despite the absence to some tall brazilians in the lineup needs to improve his interior rebounding and defense and learn to shot better in the perimeter to unclog the inside. These facts further underscores the spurs to fill-in the pf/c and pg positions. With manu and the abundance of sf and sg, the spurs has opportunity to strengthen the pf/c and pg positions via the free agents and "draftee-stashed" men they have.