Even Spurs' Ginobili 'surprised' by his poor play

The Spurs' Manu Ginobili scored just five points in Game 4, missing four-of-five shots. (Reuters)

The Spurs' Manu Ginobili scored just five points in Game 4, missing four-of-five shots. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

SAN ANTONIO, TEX. - Is Manu Ginobili finished?

The future Hall-of-Famer has been awful in these Finals, averaging just 7.5 points per game on 34.5% shooting (20% from three) and not much better throughout the playoffs.

He doesn’t look anything like the guy who spent the past decade helping San Antonio win titles and Argentina win important basketball games.

Instead of stuffing the stat-sheet with assists and rebounds, he’s averaging just 1.5 boards and 3.0 helpers.

Miami’s Big 3 came up huge in a Game 4 win, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have been strong at times for San Antonio, leaving Ginobili as the only superstar still waiting to deliver.

He’s at a loss as to why.

“Yes I am surprised,” Ginobili said of his play.

“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. I’ve got to be sharp feeding the bigs, and finding shooters. And when that happens, I don’t have to force it. Usually that’s not what I do and that’s not what I’m asked to do.”

Ginobili scored just five points in Game 4, missing four-of-five shots.

Knowing how important Ginobili is to San Antonio’s chances, head coach Gregg Popovich also expressed concern Friday.

“Of course I am (worried). He’s having a tough playoffs, and he hasn’t really found a rhythm or found his game yet,” Popovich said.

“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.”

Parker said the Spurs need to try to get Ginobili feeling better about his game.

“I have a lot of confidence in Manu, I’m sure he’s going to break out of that slump. I’ve been playing with him for a long time, I just know he’s going to have a big game soon,” Parker said.

Duncan said he wants Ginobili to try to do more.

“He’s just trying to be incredibly unselfish right now,” Duncan said after Game 4.

“He’s trying to make the right pass, make the defence move instead of looking more for his own.”

Ginobili is only averaging a little over seven field goal attempts per game, compared to the nine he attempted in the regular season and 10.6 attempts per game he has averaged since entering the league in 2002-03.

“We need him to be a little more aggressive, be a little more selfish, maybe and hopefully we can find him a way to get him to do that.”

The good news for San Antonio (even though it ended up being bad for them), is Dwyane Wade has also looked cooked at times in recent weeks, yet was the best player on the floor Thursday.

The best of the best always find a little more in the tank, always locate a way to remind everyone why they were considered great in the first place.

That’s Ginobili’s

challenge now.

Meanwhile, Parker insisted Friday that he’s feeling a lot better and should be 100% for Sunday’s crucial contest.

He had said he felt fatigued in the second half of Game 4 and that’s why he missed all four of his shots in the final 24 minutes.

But, Parker told Yahoo Sports that things had changed.

“Feeling better,” Parker said in a text message.

“No extra pain.”

Parker credited Miami’s defence for forcing more turnovers due to its aggressiveness and insisted that he had to be better.

“They take a lot of risks. That’s Miami’s identity,” the Frenchman said after the Spurs committed 18 turnovers Thursday.

“They gamble and they take a lot of chances … We’re playing a great team, and that’s how they play defence, and we just have to try to do better.”


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