The regular season, thankfully, is over. For the San Antonio Spurs it ended with a whimper, but you know, one with reasons. They didn't have Manu Ginobili for nine of their final ten games and were without Tony Parker for 12 of their last 22 games. The losses piled up as much as they can for a team that won 58 games, so fans and analysts alike expressed concern. According to Ginobili, the losses don't bother them one bit, but rather how they've been playing lately.
"We don't care about the losses. The thing is that we aren't playing that well. We haven't been very solid. So that's the concern, not the loss. In April, we haven't been real sharp. We have to pick it up. You know how the West is, you blink and you're out of the fight. We really have to step up."
Ginobili returned last night and the Spurs still lost, but as Jesse Blanchard noted, all that really matters about last night's game is we got a glimpse of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili on the court together and they looked great. Ginobili looked rusty but not unhealthy.
Now they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the AT&T Center for the first two games of the first round of the playoffs. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol both look as good now as they have all season, so that's a concern for the Spurs. However, if Parker and Ginobili are able break down the Lakers' perimeter defense there's going to be a ton of open shots for Leonard, Danny Green and the other reserves, not to mention the action Duncan and Tiago Splitter will see working off the screens they set.
Wins would've been nice, looking better in those losses would've been cool too. But health is most important and hopefully the practice time between now and Sunday well help everyone get their rhythm back.
Pls Mr. Manu Ginobili its time to retire. Remember your glorious days. Spare the Spurs the agony of NOT renewing your contract. It's time to go.
@rtesoro440 Coach Pop said no Manu No championship!
@rtesoro440 you are insane, did you see ginobili against the thunders in the western conference finals?? he was THE best player for san antonio, and the other day when he played 12 minutes he made all the diference in the world with those sharpe passes to duncan, ginobili runs the 2 unit of this team and there is nobody else who can do that job on this team. Manu is a playoff player, not a regular season player.
O come on Blazing Death, the first 2 games will be played in San Antonio. No way the refs will short-change the Spurs.
and, don't be worried withe announcers. Whatever they will say won't affect the game. Miracles do happen. The Spurs may still win.
@rtesoro440 nobody trust the spurs, its always the same, every year, but every year this "old" team has shown us that they are the best team in the wester conference
The best in the West? Two years ago the Grizzlies demolished them and last year, the Thunders did it. Get updated ok? And, admit it, our Spurs are not spring chickens anymore.
The only things i am truly worried for this first round matchup are as follows. The refs, and watching the first game on abc and listening to the douchebag announcers talk about the lakers the whole game. That is all.