Thunder-Spurs Q&A: San Antonio's Manu Ginobili talks about trying to stop Kevin Durant

Ginobili: OKC's Kevin Durant hard to contain
by Ryan Aber Published: June 2, 2012

The Spurs' Manu Ginobili discusses Game 4.

What did it look like trying to stop (Kevin Durant) those last five or six minutes?

Well, when a player that talented gets hot, he's really hard to contain. We tried different things, and they didn't work. He scored a bunch on a short period of time. When we tried to blitz or really help, he (passed) it. They made big shots. So it was hard because they were on a run. We were feeling good ourselves, and we just couldn't make a stop. We made a great effort in the second half, but we just couldn't contain him down the stretch.

Turnovers were a major factor in the loss in Game 3. Not so much tonight. What was the biggest factor tonight?

I think we moved the ball better. We were sharper, more in an attacking mode. We were better, just offensively. So we were happy with that part. We shot 50 percent, didn't turn the ball over. We didn't get as many assists, but we scored. Now it will be important to make some stops too. ... They shot 56 (percent). We are not a team that can afford to have that type of defensive performance.

You were down (at halftime) with Durant (scoring) only eight points, and the guys you wanted to take shots, Ibaka and Perkins, were hitting those shots.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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