Q1. When was the last time you saw Manu Ginobili look & act like this?
A1. During the 2006 playoffs vs the Dallas Mavericks.
Unless Gregg Popovich & Co. finally figures out that the Bruce Bowen vs Chris Paul match-up is NOT the way San Antonio SHOULD be playing this series … and creates the Tony Parker vs Chris Paul match-up, instead … the Spurs are going to be in serious of jeopardy of not getting past the Hornets in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Going with the Bowen-B vs Paul match-up unnecessarily is the same sort of ‘poor’ coaching decision that cost the Spurs dearly 2 years ago in their series vs the Mavericks … where Pop insanely tried to ‘go small’ against Dallas rather than rely on San Antonio’s tried & true Inside Finesse & Power Game (in their customary 3 out/2 in Offensive Attack alignment).
Over the years, Gregg Popovich has shown a tendency to excel when he’s got the better of the two teams in a contentious series … but, as well, to NOT necessarily make the correct adjustments in a series when he finds himself facing an opponent with more basketball talent than the Spurs have at the moment across the board.
Secondly … IF the Spurs would only realize that this is the rotation which they need to be using this series vs the Hornets …
PG – Parker v Paul
OG – Barry v Peja
SF – Ginobili v Peterson
PF – Thomas v West
C – Duncan v Chandler
PG – Vaughn v Pargo
OG/SF – Bowen-B & Finley v Wells & Wright
PF/C – Oberto & Horry v Ely & Bowen-R
so that they can High-Low the Hornets to Death …
then San Antonio will still be able to get by New Orleans in either 6 or 7 games.
On the other hand, however, if Pop keeps overplaying Tony Parker and inserting Mr. Udoka into the game when he shouldn’t be (e.g. vs West or Peja or Wells) … the Spurs quest for back-to-back championships will be over quicker than you can say, Happy Chris Paul Blog Day.
Tags: Bonzi Wells, Brent Barry, Chris Paul, David West, Fabricio Oberto, Ima Udoka, Jannero Pargo, Jaques Vaughn, Julian Wright, Kurt Thomas, Maun Ginobili, Melvin Ely, Michael Finley, Morris Peterson, New Orleans Hornets, Peja Stojakovic, Robert Horry, Ryan Bowen, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Tyson Chandler