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Manu Ginobili: San Antonio Spurs defense was "soft"

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili says that the team's defense was "soft" during their defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.

Manu Ginobili has said that the San Antonio Spurs' defense was "soft" during their playoff defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Western Conference's top seeds lost the second fixture in their first-round playoff series, leaving them tied at 1-1.

The shooting guard told reporters: "They beat us in every aspect of the game. They played harder. Our defense was soft [and] not as aggressive as theirs.

"Not that I don't expect them to play hard. We know they are a tough team, but having such a poor performance in the playoffs bothers me."

The win was Dallas's first in the post-season since 2011.

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