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.
It's true. Their bigs were making every shot, which we don't mind that much. They make jumpers, of course, if they make dunks, that's a different deal. We had a good start in the third, made a run at the end of the third and down four at the beginning of the fourth quarter is ideal for us on the road, so we were in good shape. But you know what happened in the fourth. We just couldn't make stops.
You credited Serge Ibaka for his defensive effort in Game 3. What effect did he have tonight on you guys?
Eleven for 11 in Game 4 of the Conference Finals is not easy to do. I understand if he runs the transition and dunks or on drop offs when we help. That can happen. But he made five to six jumpers, and that's something we were willing to give up. But he was impressive today. He made every shot. He was very active as always on the defensive end, so he had an unbelievable game.