San Antonio Spurs Botch Closeout Opportunity With Disgraceful Effort

April 28th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Manu Ginobili whipped a perfect pass to Caron Butler, who ran the length of the floor for a layup. It was the kind of flawless, crisp delivery the Argentine's fans have come to accept as the norm.

The problem: Butler plays for the Dallas Mavericks, not the San Antonio Spurs.

It was that kind of night for the Spurs—a closeout opportunity ended with a 103-81 thud.

They embarrassed themselves. They embarrassed the franchise, the city, and the guy credited with inventing basketball.

Naismith would have been ashamed.

The Mavs needed a win to keep their season alive. That does not excuse the Spurs' disgraceful effort.

Is "disgusting" too harsh an adjective? Tuesday night's crappy performance left me nauseous.

How about you?

The Spurs committed 18 turnovers and allowed 23 fast break points. They were outhustled on loose balls and on the boards.

Rick Carlisle said of the Spurs after the Mavs' Game Four loss, "they kicked our asses on 50/50 balls."

Tuesday, the Mavs administered the horsewhipping in every way possible. Tim Duncan played 23 minutes and ...

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