April 08, 2010
Manu Ginobili(notes) has been running things as of late. In the Spurs' last 10 games, he's averaged a shade over 25 points a game and knocked down at least two threes each night. In four of those games, Charles Barkley's favorite player scored 30 or more points, including a season high of 43 against the Magic. In completely related news, the Spurs won eight of those games. Not a bad couple of weeks.
So going in to the Phoenix Suns' matchup with Ginobili and the Spurs, Jared Dudley(notes) knew he had to do something. Somehow, he needed to shut down this scoring machine. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Dudley did what we all do when we need answers — he took to Twitter.
After some responses, Dudley summed up the fans' defensive plans.
Amazingly, it worked. Ginobili scored only 10 points on 5-14 shooting, made no three-pointers, and had two turnovers in the Spurs loss. It was his worst game in a month and third lowest scoring output since the All-Star break. See Detroit, this is how you harness the power of social networking.
Hopefully, crowdsourcing game plans is the next big Twitter craze. I don't know about you, but I anxiously await the day when you can look at Twitter's top trending topics and see "#howtostopLeBron" and "#thisishowyoubeattheNuggets" alongside "#JustinBieberRocks." It's a pipe dream for now, but this is a good first step.
(h/t Matt Moore)