With the San Antonio Spurs leading the Utah Jazz 90-87 and five seconds remaining Friday, Manu Ginobili
was caught between guarding Marvin Williams
(a 34 percent 3-point shooter) and Randy Foye
(a 40 percent 3-point shooter) on the perimeter.
Instead of sticking with either, Ginobili double-teamed Al Jefferson
(a 13 percent 3-point shooter who was standing inside the arc anyway), leaving Danny Green
to cover both Williams and Foye.
Jefferson kicked it Foye, who passed to a wide-open Marvin Williams in the corner as Green closed on Foye. Of course, Williams hit the 3-pointer to send the game to overtime. Ginobili, via Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News
“I don’t know what I was thinking to completely black out,” Ginobili said. “A terrible mistake. I’m disappointed. I’m sorry I let my teammates down. We could have lost the game and, hopefully, I don’t do it ever again.
“Today we won it but in a playoff game it could have been even elimination. I’m very sorry and it was an awful distraction.”
Ginobili made up for the mistake by making his only shot in overtime, a 3-pointer that gave the Spurs the lead for good, and grabbing a couple contested rebounds in the extra period – yet he still apologized. It’s unfair to expect perfection from Ginobili, but some of his success can be explained by him expecting it from himself. Related link to rest of story: Dwight Howard, Mike D’Antoni wisely dodge questions about Kobe’s role in loss to Wizards | ProBasketballTalk