Clutch. In the NBA it means someone who isn’t afraid to take the last shot for the win. The Spurs are no stranger to clutch players who will risk it all for the win. Whether it be during the regular season or the playoffs, Spurs fans have been witness to some memorable clutch shots in Spurs history.
Today you will be the head coach for the Spurs in a close game situation. You will have the choice between eight Spurs players, past and present, and I ask you this . . . with the game on the line, who do you want taking the last shot for the Spurs?
Here are the players for you to choose from.
Roger Mason Jr.: What do the Clippers, Suns and Lakers all have in common? All have been victims of Mason’s clutch shooting. One of his best clutch shots came against the Phoenix Suns on Christmas Day in 2009. With seconds left, he made the Suns pay for leaving him wide open.
Steve Kerr: He hit clutch shots for the Bulls during their championship run and came up huge for the Spurs in game six of the the 2003 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks.
Stephen Jackson: Though his time with the Spurs was brief, during game six of the 2003 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets, he came up big with some clutch 3-point shooting to help the Spurs seal the series and win their second NBA title.
Tim Duncan: There is no doubt he is a low-post threat for any team playing against the Spurs, but Duncan isn’t shy to take the shot when the game is on the line. He proved this against the Seattle Supersonics in the 2005 NBA playoffs by hitting a layup to seal the win for the Spurs. He also hit a fall-away shot over Shaq in the 2004 NBA playoffs against the Lakers, though overshadowed by Derek Fisher’s “.4” shot. However, his most recent clutch performance was against the Suns in the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
Sean Elliott: All I have to say is “Memorial Day Miracle.”
Manu Ginobili: He is controlled chaos on the court and has the ability to make the impossible possible. Manu Ginobili has given Spurs fans many reasons to yell his name in close games, but against the Phoenix Suns in game 1 of their series in the 2008 NBA Playoffs he proved once again you can trust him with the ball in close games.
James Silas: Before any of the recent clutch shooters for the Spurs, there was James Silas. He wasn’t called “Captain Late” for nothing. Silas once said the following about his nickname, “I felt that my game was good for 48 minutes or however long I was on the floor, so I took offense at first, because I thought that it meant that I was only deadly at the end of the game. But it fit what I was about and I came to love it.” Even George Gervin said this of Silas in close games, “Give the ball to Jimmy Si and he’ll get it done.” If an NBA Hall of Famer like Gervin said this about Silas, then you know he was clutch.
It’s the fourth quarter, there are only two seconds left in the game and the Spurs are down one. You called a timeout and you’re the drawing up the final play. Who is taking the final shot for the Spurs?
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