Gregg Popovich needs to make some adjustments after the Spurs have lost the past two games of the Western Conference Finals, allowing the Oklahoma City Thunder to tie the series at 2-2.
Manu Ginobili has been one of the Spurs’ best players in this series against the Thunder. Will Popovich consider starting him?
Ginobili is averaging 16.8 points per game, shooting .541 percent from the field and .467 from three in this series. He averaged 23.0 points per game in the first two games and only 10.5 in Oklahoma City.
Changing the starting lineup would be a pretty dramatic adjustment but one that could work.
The Thunder adjusted in the last two games switching Thabo Sefolosha on to Tony Parker on defense. Sefolosha has done a much better job than Russell Westbrook on Parker and it has freed Westbrook to play off the ball on Danny Green and rove the passing lanes.
If Ginobili were inserted into the starting lineup, Westbrook or Sefolosha would obviously have to guard him.
The Spurs would be giving up what has been a pretty big advantage with their second unit against the Thunder. James Harden would have a greater chance to go off with Ginobili not on the floor against him and this move could hurt the Spurs in that sense.
If Popovich does decide to make this adjustment then credit the Thunder. They did their job winning at home, making adjustments and putting their opponent into a position where they felt they needed to adjust (even though that team had won 20 games in a row before Game 3).
Tonight is the pivotal Game 5 that will likely decide the series. It is in San Antonio and will tip at 9 p.m. EST on TNT.