NBA notes: Spurs stymied by Ginobili's struggles
What's the matter with Manu?
Manu Ginobili isn't scoring. His game is now careless instead of famously creative. In these NBA Finals, where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade just delivered a forceful reminder in Game 4 about stars deciding this series, the San Antonio Spurs are still waiting on one of their biggest.
The impatience is starting to show.
"He's having a tough playoffs, and hasn't really found a rhythm or found his game yet," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Friday. "I think that he's obviously not as confident as usual, and he knows full well he hasn't performed the way he would like and the way he's used to. But it's simplistic to say, 'What are we going to do to get him going?' "
Simplistic, maybe. But their prospects of winning a fifth title may hinge on just that.
Ginobili scored five points in 26 minutes in a 109-93 loss Thursday night, knotting the series heading into San Antonio's final home game Sunday. He's shooting just 34 percent against the Heat and is averaging 7.5 points.
Overall, Ginobili has shot 38 percent in the playoffs, a career worst. Only one of his last 11 tries from behind the 3-point line has connected.
Bosh fined for flop
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was fined $5,000 for flopping during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The play happened midway through the second quarter with the Heat leading 41-32. Bosh was trailing Spurs forward Tim Duncan as the two headed back down the court when Duncan established post position in the paint. As Spurs guard Gary Neal approached with the dribble, Duncan posted up a late-arriving Bosh to try to seal him away from the play.
Bosh flailed his arms and fell to the ground. Duncan was whistled for a foul on the play, which wiped away a layup for Neal.
Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the win that evened the series at two games apiece