Barry replaces Ginobili in Spurs' lineup

Updated: May 13, 2006, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- The San Antonio Spurs indeed made a lineup change for Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, benching struggling Manu Ginobili and starting Brent Barry.

Dallas evened the series after a shake-up of its own in Game 2, making point guard Devin Harris a surprise starter. With questions lingering all week about whether Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would make a countermove, he kept silent about it.

It's not a total surprise, though -- Barry started and Ginobili came off the bench eight times last postseason, when San Antonio won the championship.

Barry was averaging 9.8 points through eight playoff games, with a high of 22 last round. He scored a total of 14 the first two games against Dallas.

Ginobili has been fighting injuries and a creaky jumper, leading to an admitted loss of confidence.

He's 0-for-5 on 3-pointers this round and 5-for-25 behind the arc in the playoffs. His average of 14.8 points includes games with 32 and 27 points and clunkers with three and eight.

Ginobili averaged 20.8 points last postseason, drawing strong consideration for the NBA Finals MVP honors that went to teammate Tim Duncan.


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