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Gi-NO-Bili!!!

SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginóbili's upper body was almost parallel to the court, as he leaned to avoid the smothering pressure of Lakers reserve Sasha Vujacic. Ginóbili was trapped above the three-point line with nowhere to go and nobody to pass the ball to. So he fired away, hitting a long jumper that gave his team a 12-point lead in the second quarter.

It was such a ridiculous shot, Kobe Bryant had to laugh. Surely, Charles Barkley was watching the game and shouted out his patented "Gi-NO-Bili!!!"

"It was just great defense," Bryant said, chuckling.


I cannot be stopped tonight.

But nothing was going to stand in Ginóbili's way on Sunday night. Not great defense, fatigue, the jammed ankle or the fingernail on his shooting hand. He was going to shoot, he was going to score, and the Lakers were going to have to deal with the destructive force that plowed through the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Hornets. He hadn't come close to being himself in Los Angeles, but he came back home to score 30 points in the Spurs' 103-84 victory that put his team back in the series.

"I've seen him do it before. He gets extremely aggressive, starts knocking down shots, playing with a lot of energy," Bryant said. "He's a phenomenal player. He played well, with a nasty looking fingernail. That thing is disgusting."

Ginóbili's play in the first two games of the Western Conference was arguably more of a monstrosity for Spurs fans to witness. He scored just 17 total points, missed 16 of 21 shots. He was lethargic, uninspired and so beat down that Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich came close to shutting him down before Game 2. Popovich simply gave him a day off on Saturday and Ginóbili was suddenly fresher and more energetic in a much-needed Game 3 victory.

He surpassed his scoring total in Los Angeles in the first half, when he scored 22 points and five of six three-point shots, including that last shot over Vujacic.

"We saw a turnaround coming," Tim Duncan said. "To say that we saw him come out and shoot the ball the way he did, can't say that."

Ginóbili blamed himself for the Spurs' first two losses, saying that if he had performed better the series might've tied at 1-1 entering Game 3. He wasn't using any excuses, and when he was asked what changed for him in the one day between games, Ginóbili said, "Nothing."

"I just played bad [in Los Angeles]," Ginóbili said. "I am not that good. I can play bad for a game or two."

But the Spurs cannot have Ginóbili play bad if they want to have any chance of winning.

"He is the offensive spark plug," said Duncan, who had 22 points and 21 rebounds. "He needs to give us points that aren't easy. He's the guy that we need to put the ball in the hole."

By Michael Lee  |  May 26, 2008; 1:34 AM ET
 
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I would like to see a subtle shake up in DC; we need a more physical post presence. Haywood had a good year but, still no threat on the post, has small hands, and not too coordinated. I would take youth and aggression over age experience; re-sign Roger Mason Jr and unfortunately trade along with Haywood...AD. Love his game but, he has NO range and maybe 2 good years left.

How does AD and Haywood sound maybe and second round pick for Jermaine O'neal? Imagine a starting 5 of Gilbert, DeShawn, Antawn, Caron, and Jermaine, coming off the bench you have Young, Mason, McGuire, Blatche, and Thomas. With Pesh and the draft pick filling in the blanks.

We bolster the front court...we're much better than a first round team!

Posted by: mrjeremie | May 26, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

And this is such a great trade that the Pacers would do that? Of course they would as Haywood played at All Star caliber this year and Oneal played like he was past it (and he is) talk about dumb.

GAR

Posted by: Bridgewater, VA | May 26, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

JO would be nice coming off the bench for the Wiz, but not much else at this point in his career. The problem is the Wiz have nothing to trade but draft picks.

Posted by: oddjob | May 26, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I've always said that to beat the Spurs you have to neutralize Ginobili on the offensive end and Bowen on the defensive end (age is starting to do that). With the kind of length the Lakers possess (Odom, Vujacic, Walton) you would think they could keep an injured Ginobili in check.

Posted by: George Templeton | May 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

They've got length, but none of those guys is fast enough to stay in front of Ginobili off the dribble. A healthy Trevor Ariza would be a big asset in defending Ginobili, but coming off that long injury layoff, he's not up to speed or in shape yet to handle it.

Posted by: kalorama | May 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"I would like to see a subtle shake up in DC; we need a more physical post presence. Haywood had a good year but, still no threat on the post, has small hands, and not too coordinated. I would take youth and aggression over age experience; re-sign Roger Mason Jr and unfortunately trade along with Haywood...AD. Love his game but, he has NO range and maybe 2 good years left.

How does AD and Haywood sound maybe and second round pick for Jermaine O'neal? Imagine a starting 5 of Gilbert, DeShawn, Antawn, Caron, and Jermaine, coming off the bench you have Young, Mason, McGuire, Blatche, and Thomas. With Pesh and the draft pick filling in the blanks.

We bolster the front court...we're much better than a first round team!

Posted by: mrjeremie | May 26, 2008 8:31 AM "

I think we need a post presence more at the 4 rather than the 3.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"I think we need a post presence more at the 4 rather than the 3.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 26, 2008 1:51 PM "

I meant more at the 4, not the 5.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand JO'Neal and think he's vastly overrated. That said, if he could stay healthy and could be signed for reasonable amount, he'd definitely be an asset to have. But he can't stay healthy and it'll take big money to sign him, so it's a moot point.

Posted by: kalorama | May 26, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

My bad - I thought this was WIZARDS INSIDER, not today in the NBA

How about some Wizards news for once?

Posted by: Mo (Cleveland) | May 26, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mo (Cleveland) | May 26, 2008 9:01 PM
Read the paper, or even the online paper. There's an update by Ivan on EG's plans for the draft and a side note on VV.

And if you don't know yet, Ivan Carter reports on the Wizards, Michael Lee reports on the NBA in general.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

There is a guy by the name of Kobe Bryant who I believe can stay in front and guard Ginobili. Aside from winning the MVP, Kobe is also known to be a stopper at the other end and is in the all-defense team yearly. I think he's good enough player to match up with Ginobili. Hmmmm....

Posted by: Fortune Teller | May 27, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The Spurs' Duncan, Parker & Ginobili have really bad shooting percentages. So Ginobili & Duncan made really big shots, but I think they won't be able to keep it up. Also, they can never all three get going at the same time. What's worse is their bench stinks, made up mostly of past their prime veterans who can't run and can no longer keep up with the younger Lakers. Los Angeles is playing better, they just need to get production from 4 or 5 players, not just one.

Posted by: rgz | May 27, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

This has got to be the worst time for a DC sports fan. No Wiz, no hockey, no skins, Nats suck. Yeah we have DCU but not the most popular sport in DC right now.

Ivan/Mike, is there anyway you could increase your posts to give us Wiz news or at least ask us questions/polls to keep this forum active?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Lakers can use a guy named Kobe Bryant on Ginobli if they need to slow him down. They have Vujavic to come in and slow him down off the bench and I doubt Phil Jackson wants Kobe using all his energy covering Ginobli. Second, I seriously doubt that Ginobli will have another 30+ point game in Game 4. If the Lakers play their game like Game 2, this series is over in 6 games. Spurs are a great but aging team, and its starting to show as they get deeper in the playoffs.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 27, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Conversely, if the Spurs play their game like they did in Game 3, they win in 6 or 7.

Every year people count the Spurs out and every year they refuse to fold. I doubt this one will be any different.

And the Lakers have had Kobe all series, but he hasn't been the primary defender on Ginobili. There's a reason for that.

Posted by: kalorama | May 27, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Five minutes left...tied game....It's crunch time, money time. Manu is getting hot. Phil Jackson wants somebody to guard Manu...he looks at his bench and picks Trevor (duh)....Trevor who?
We all know that Kobe will be the guy.

Posted by: Fortune Teller | May 27, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Except the last 5 minutes isn't the issue. It's the other 43 where most of the damage is done. And for most of the game, Kobe hasn't been guarding Ginobili in this series. Again, there's a good reason for that.

Posted by: kalorama | May 27, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm just saying that Kobe is tall, fast and strong enough to go head to head with Ginobili. How many times is he in the first team all defense? I guess he's a better defender than Trevor "Manu stopper" Ariza, don't you think so?

Posted by: Fortune Teller | May 27, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Give it a rest man. You have no point and no clue.

Saying Kobe is a great defender isn't exactly a revelation, so put a cork in it, already. The point is, Kobe can't guard Manu the entire game because (A) it would put him in foul trouble and (B) it would sap much of the energy he needs on offense. That's why they need someone else who can handle the assignment of guarding Ginobili until crunch time, which is when Kobe takes over. And that's exactly the reason they acquired Ariza, so that he could guard high-scoring wing players like Ginobili for the bulk of the game so Kobe wouldn't have to.


It's really pretty simple. Perhaps too simple for some.

Posted by: kalorama | May 27, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Who said that Kobe should guard Manu the entire game? Does Bruce guard Kobe the whole game, uh-no. How about Pau and Duncan, uh-no. The point is, Kobe is the "best" defender the Lakers will have for Manu.

Who doesn't have a point/clue now. Yes, it's pretty simple for you NOT to understand.

Posted by: Fortune Teller | May 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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