Ginobili vs the Lakers
I’m not going to bother with an elaborate recap today. If you have ESPN or live in LA or San Antonio then you probably saw the game. It went something like this:
Tim Duncan shooting like Roger Mason on a bad day- check.
Kobe Bryant playing like Kobe Bryant – check.
Ron Artest stealing the ball at will – check.
Spurs falling apart in the second half – check.
The only bright spot for the Spurs was Ginobili, and maybe George Hill. I am sort of leaving Hill (21 points) out because he basically fell off in the second half. Ginobili (24 points) at least seemed to have some idea of what the Spurs needed to do to win. The only problem was that no one else did. Tim Duncan shot 2-of-11 from the field and was ineffective late in the game. Ditto for just about everyone else not from Argentina, so once he sat down that was pretty much it for the Spurs. It’s just one more reason the Spurs need to stop being stubborn and try to get him signed to an extension quick. If they don’t, Coach Popovich is gonna have a rough summer. The game was close in the 4th quarter, but the Spurs began a turnover-fest that that they never really recovered from. Game over. Lakers over Spurs 92-83.
On a better note, Tony Parker is healing faster than expected. He may return a few games before the playoffs if we’re lucky, and Coach Popovich says he will toss him right back into the mix when he is cleared to play.
Also, Curtis Jerrells of all people was signed by the Spurs for the rest of the season. Jerrells was cut before the start of the season but was signed and then sent right back to the Austin Toros. Strange. I still don’t know why they didn’t keep Cedric Jackson.