But the reality is, Spurs are not playing in the same level that they were supposed to and now the Hornets are punishing them for this. Their defense was frustrating the Spurs all night and one could be asking who is the real defending champion actually?
Manu GINOBILI did whatever he could but his was poor from the 3 points (1-5) and had a game high 5 turnovers. Definitely not like his usual self. He finished off the game with 13 points, 4 rebounds & 7 assists.
Fabricio OBERTO was switching defensive duties with Kurt THOMAS but was struggling on most occasions. He only manages to post 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist & 1 block shot.
Spurs will need to re-group and come up with urgent game plan to counterfeit these hard to control Hornets. Or else the dream of winning back to back might just look something that is far beyond reachable.
With the real bad news, comes the slight good news…
Walter HERRMANN was in action (for about 1:26 min) again for the Pistons in game 2 against the Magic. Pistons win 100-93.