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

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.

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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