“George didn’t have a good game. Timmy didn’t have a good game. I didn’t have a good game,” said San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili after his team fell to Memphis (34-28) tonight 93 to 109.
This was the Spurs' first game without starting point guard Tony Parker, who is out for the next two-to-four weeks with a strained calf muscle.
“He is a very important part of who we are,” Ginobli said after the game.
That was especially apparent after tonight's loss.
George Hill started in place of Parker and scored as many points (6) as he had turnovers (6). Hill wasn’t the only starter who struggled in the game. None of the Spurs starters scored in double digits. In fact, only Gary Neal, who was returning from concussive symptoms, was able to score more than 10 points.
The Spurs opened the game with a Ginobili to Blair alley-oop layup. Ginobili and Hill wowed the Grizzlies' crowd with two half-court bounce passes that were 20 plus feet long.
The Spurs had seven turnovers early in the game and would keep the trend going throughout the night. Richard Jefferson had a pass intercepted by Memphis guard Mike Conley for an easy two points. Conley would continue this routine through the game as he ended the game with three steals.
Role players Chris Quinn and Tiago Splitter came off the bench and immediately scored a combined seven points for the Spurs. Ginobili closed the first quarter by driving to the left side of the paint and converting an “and one” with three seconds left as the Spurs trailed the Grizzlies 30 to 32.