The Spurs' company line after two games in Miami could have easily been this: "We got the split we wanted going back to San Antonio." That's normally the default for road dogs who wrestle away homecourt advantage.
Instead, company man Manu Ginobili delivered a considerably more blunt assessment after Game 2's 103-84 slaughter. The Spurs wanted more than a split. Instead, they were embarrassed.
"If you would have asked me before heading to Miami, I would say okay, I'll take it," Ginobili said. "Winning one and losing the other by 20, not a big deal. I'll take it. But once you win the first one, you forget about that. Odds are over and you face a new game as if it's a Game 7 and you want to win it, too.
"Knowing full well that they were going to come hard, they were going to play a better game, but we were expecting to do better, so that's the frustrating part. Of course if you look at the result being 1 1, it's not bad. But you don't want to play like this in an NBA Finals. You ...