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Ginobili on bounce back: ‘There’s no Game 8′
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 19, 2013 @ 7:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Alex Kennedy, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — As Manu Ginobili talked to news reporters following the San Antonio Spurs’ devastating 103-100 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the 35-year-old seemed on the verge of tears.
The Spurs had lost the game in overtime despite leading by five in the final 30 seconds of regulation. And Ginobili had one of the worst performances of his NBA career in the process. He totaled nine points on 2-for-5 shooting, a career-high eight turnovers and four fouls one game after posting 24 points and 10 assists in a Game 5 victory.
“I had a very good game last game, and I just couldn’t maintain it,” Ginobili said after the loss. “I had a career-high in turnovers in a really bad moment. It really makes me feel terrible. … We were a few seconds away from winning the championship, and we let it go.
“I have no clue how we’re going to be re-energized. I’m devastated. But we have to. There’s no Game 8 afterward. We’re going to have to play our best game, even better than today. Shoot better, better defense, less turnovers in my case, but yeah, there’s no secret recipe for bouncing back.”
Several of Ginobili’s mistakes came at crucial moments in the game. With 44 seconds left in the overtime period and the Spurs trailing by one point, Ginobili had a bad pass that was intercepted by LeBron James. Then, with two seconds remaining in overtime, Ginobili drove the basket, left his feet and threw the ball into Ray Allen’s hands after getting stuck in midair with limited options. This allowed Allen to seal the game for Miami with two free throws, the final points of the evening. It was an awful night for Ginobili, one that featured far more negative plays than positive ones.
The Heat adjusted following Ginobili’s breakout Game 5, guarding him with James at times in Game 6 and being more aggressive with him when he was handling the ball.
“We just put more pressure on him,” Heat guard Mario Chalmers said. “I felt like in Game 5, we let him come … [For more on Manu Ginobili on bouncing back: 'There's no Game 8', click here.]
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