Manu reached career milestone in defeat
A lot of things went wrong in San Antonio's latest 98-84 defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tony Parker had his worst game of the season finishing with four points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field, Tim Duncan scored 14 points, but grabbed just two rebounds and Lakers won the battle of the boards 60-33, with Andrew Bynum hauling down a career-high 30 rebounds on his own.
"I just missed shots,” Parker said. “I had great shots, great looks. They just didn’t go in. I didn’t play well."
"Tony, from the beginning of the season, makes this team go," said guard Danny Green, whose 22 points led the Spurs. “He’s our main factor. They were able to limit his shots or alter his shots when he came into the paint. (Andrew) Bynum is big, and Pau Gasol is big, with long arms."
However, there is a little bit of good news on the night, Manu Ginobili scored nine points in Wednesday’s loss to become the fifth Spur to reach 10,000 career points.
Nonetheless, it was a milestone Ginobili would have enjoyed more had the Spurs not played so badly against Los Angeles.
"It was not that important," he said. "If not tonight, it would have come soon enough. You’d rather have it happen when we win."
Thankfully, there's not a lot time to dwell on this recent loss, the Spurs can erase some memories of this defeat if they can get a win against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.
"You hate losing games like this especially by this much and we respect the Lakers as an opponent, but we just did not play well tonight."
"Very glad there is a game tomorrow night. After a game like tonight we just want to get back on the floor and guarantee a better performance from us." said Duncan.
(Photo by Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)