Ginobili’s Slump a ‘Concern’ for Spurs
What’s happening here? (Manu) Ginobili maintains, according to ESPN.com, that his aging body “is not the issue” and Popovich sounded mystified during a conference call on Friday following Miami’s 109-93 Game 4 victory, in which Ginobili had just five points (on 1-for-5 shooting) and two assists while posting a minus-22 in 26 minutes.
“Of course, I am [concerned],” Popovich said. “He’s having a tough playoffs, and he hasn’t really found a rhythm or found his game yet. I think that he’s obviously not as confident as usual, and he knows full well that he hasn’t performed the way he would like and the way he’s used to. But it’s simplistic to say, what are we going to do to get him going? He’s going to get himself going or he won’t. He knows that he’s got to play better for us to be successful.”
Ginobili is shooting 37.7 percent in the 2013 playoffs, the lowest postseason shooting mark of his career, and that number has dropped to 34.5 percent in the Finals. His 10.6 points per game in the playoffs is his lowest postseason mark since his rookie season and he’s tallying just 7.5 points per game in the Finals.
“Yes, I am surprised [by my play],” Ginobili said after Game 4, according to CBSSports.com. “I wish I could score more, but it’s not happening. I’ve got to try and do other stuff, I’ve got to move the ball if the shot is not falling.”