AT&T Center- Game two of round one can be summed up in one word: sloppy. Too many turnovers, poor defense, and bad free throw shooting equals a loss for the San Antonio Spurs as they head up to Dallas with a series tied 1-1.
While the starters had a hard time getting shots to fall, the Spurs’ normally very deep and ready to go bench wasn’t able to get things going either. Manu Ginobili led the way for the bench with 27 points in 22 minutes. Unfortunately, that was not enough to carry the Spurs to a victory.
“Having such a poor performance in the playoffs really bothers me, so we are definitely going to have to play much better to have a chance in Dallas, so I am pretty disappointed in the way we played,” Ginobili said.
The Spurs bench combined for a total of 51 of the Spurs 92 points. Marco Belinelli was the second highest scoring player off the bench with only 7 points. Patty Mills had 5 points and Diaw, Joseph and Bonner contributed only 4 points each.
While the bench has provided back up for the starters throughout the season, Ginobili says that they can’t depend on them all the time.
“Of course we would like them to be more involved, but it’s our responsibility,” Ginobili said.
The Spurs face the Mavs again tomorrow up in Dallas for a 3:30 central time tip. We’ll see what adjustments the Spurs make and if it gives them a better chance of winning game three.