There are times he can make you cringe, or even shout at the top of your lungs, “What are you doing Ginobili?” But some have grown to know and become accustomed to Manu Ginobili’s style of play since day one with the Spurs.
Despite a Game 4 where Ginobili fell off of the face of the earth, he scored just five points in 11 minutes of playing while shooting 25% from the floor, he has continued to stay aggressive against the Thunder in an area where he seemed to have struggled in the last series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I think I don’t have the feeling that I played that bad against Portland, I just shot bad,” Ginobili said.
As is the norm during the grueling NBA Season, shooting slumps become the part of a game.
“I mean your percentages don’t lie, and if you’re way below in a series, you know, likely you are going to get back there,” Ginobili added.
Ginobili, of course, is talking about his play against the Thunder this series. In a crucial game five, Ginobili attacked the rim with precision on his way to 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.
This series, he is averaging 15.2 points per game and 3.4 assists. From the three-point line, he is shooting out of his mind. Through five games, Ginobili is 14-of-23 (60.8%) from beyond the arc.
“Yeah, I couldn’t make a shot against Portland, and now they are falling,” Ginobili said.
He has proven this series that when he does the things that make him explosive, he draws a lot of the attention and is able to find the shooters on the perimeter. When he plays at this level, Ginobili is the x-factor for the Spurs in this series.
The Spurs will need their x-factor if they want to be the first team in this series to win a game on the road and close out the series in six games.