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Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 10:30 am  |  26 responses

Manu Ginobili Says Spurs Not Ready to Beat Good NBA Teams

The San Antonio Spurs (32-9) have the best record in the Western Conference, but they’re not entirely happy with the state of things. Manu Ginobili admits the Spurs are concerned about their poor play against the NBA’s elite. Per the Express-News:

The Spurs’ first loss to the Portland Trail Blazers: A 115-105 defeat in Portland. Then a 94-88 loss in Oklahoma City in November, followed by a 112-106 loss to the Houston Rockets; a 111-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

“When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.”

The eight losses Ginobili is referring to: The Spurs’ 1-8 record against the NBA’s elite teams; 1-7 against the Western Conference’s best.

The one victory (116-92) was against a Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers team last month, which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said doesn’t count.

Asked about their struggles against the good teams, Ginobili said: “I guess at the moment we’re not ready to beat them. They’re very talented; everybody is more athletic than us. To beat these types of teams, we’ve got to be even sharper, more precise, and at this point, we are not.”

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  • pposse

    there you have it folks out of Ginobli’s mouth himself..but yet, according to the slam commenters, as of yesterday the road to a finals victory goes thru SA lmao

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you mean out of my mouth? in the playoffs, i’d rather go through Indiana than San Antonio is what i actually said. i still feel that way. games in January aren’t going to change how I feel, and they certainly don’t prove anything.

  • pposse

    you and anyone who agreed with what you said.

  • pposse

    plus history is really not on your side with this one. Rarely does SA make two deep playoff runs in a row. Last year they got to game 7 in the finals, year before they got to the WCF but got swept out the back door, year before that they lost in the first rd i believe. History is kinda sort of against you on this one.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    man i don’t even have San Antonio making the finals. the point of my comment wasn’t about who i think you have to get through to get to the finals, it was just about who i’d rather play between Indiana and San Antonio, in relation to what conference teams want/don’t want to play in. As in, “i understand not wanting to go through Indiana or Miami, but I would not want to go through San Antonio more than Indiana” — it had nothing to do with who teams HAVE to go through to get to the finals, it just to draw contrast to what you said about preferring the West over the East with those teams.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    didn’t say that. stop trying sooo hard to make a point. the harder you try, the further off subject you end up.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    im just happy ginobili is healthy and playing well

  • pposse

    Miami by default is the top dog after getting to the finals 3 yrs in a row and not breaking up the core. They are the toughest draw in the playofffs until proven otherwise. Indiana, to this day is the second toughest which is proven by their team construction, depth, and overall ability. Every other team can fall back. SA although great and most likely will be precise like Ginobli is saying they have to be come playoff time is not that just now. Indy took that same Miaim squad to 7 and are younger, they are easily the tougher draw as of right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, that’s just your opinion.

  • pposse

    okay then your opinion is in favor of a team that lost 8 out of a possible 9 games against elite teams and in favor of a team whose member of their big 3 just said they have to get better..got it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    good job!

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    you are annoying

  • pposse

    baah! is what i heard, this might be the sheep comment of the day. Good, replace that ‘annoying’ adjective you used to something like ‘thought provoking’ its more politically correct bruh good day to you too.

  • pposse

    thanks just trynna make sure im ‘on subject’

  • Porky

    Haha f*ck that you’re the best commenter on here imo.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    rarely do the spurs make two deep playoff runs in a row?
    13 finals
    12 wcf.
    thats the last two years
    07finals
    08wcf

    more common than just about anyone else. how does that qualify as rare?

  • pposse

    i meant to say two finals in a row. I won’t edit my comment, but you being a spurs fan im presuming should know this. Never in the Duncan era did they make two finals appearances in a row.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    true. all they did was win several titles.
    they look great this season.

  • pposse

    i dont like to say history repeats itself but it does. With that being said, I personally have the Spurs vs. Blazers in the WCF and Thunder as a wildcard (depending on RWs health and availability…unless KD turns it up even another gear). The Spurs ultimate test will be coming up on this rodeo trip. The schedule for it is favorable if they rack up victories and get precise like Ginobli is talkin about and maybe get some separation from the Blazers and Thunder as the #1 seed then i have them as a shoe in for the WCF. We will see.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    im not sold on the blazers winning multiple rounds. they rely on the jumpshot a little too much for my liking.

  • Chubachuchi

    Your opinion will be accepted IF San Antonio doesn’t make a deep playoff run. Remember they weren’t supposed to make it that far last year too and it was only that Ray Allen 3 that came between the Spurs and another chip. Anything can happen homie especially when you’re talking about the Spurs.

  • pposse

    im not totally sold, but IF the blazers get the #1 seed they can beat the 8 seed and benefit greatly from a hotly contested duel between the 4 and 5 seed (most likely houston and lac). If they get the 2 seed all bets are out the window, i wouldn’t be surprised if a the Mavericks beat them in the first rd. Dirk is a big time playoff performer, ill take him over L Aldridge until he proves me otherwise.

  • pposse

    I agree with the first part, but not the second part ‘Ray Allen 3 between spurs and another chip’ – still think that series would have been won in 5 if Lebron just took his open jumpers from the beginning with confidence. I mean c’mon Borris Diaw was a Ray Allen 3 pointer away from being the official Lebron Stopper! I do believe SA will get to the finals again this year as of right now, mainly cause TP is easily the best playoff performer in the west right now imo and the rest of the team has their roles down to a tee. The thunder and blazers are my other two picks as of right now.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    there is no easy route out of the west.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    there is no easy route out of the west.

  • Jerome

    The sincerity of this team is only outdone by their collective will to win. While most other teams would be peacockin’ with a 32-9 record, the Spurs are digging in.

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