Following the play-by-play of last night’s double OT thriller on Twitter, Manu Ginobili went from being cursed for taking an ill-advised shot from way beyond the three-point line to being the savior to the next minute after hitting a high-arching three to save homecourt advantage and assuring a 16-point comeback wasn’t all for naught.
While the play wasn’t originally called for Ginobili, especially after potentially giving up the game at the end of the second overtime, he did what Manu does and adjusted to what presented itself, going from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s doghouse to possibly having Pop serve him a frittata early this morning
"I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow. That's the truth,” Popovich said in his postgame presser last night. “When I talk to him and say 'Manu' he goes 'this is what I do". That's what he's going to tell me. I stopped coaching him a long time ago.”
While Ginobili wrote about expecting a tough series from Golden State on his blog on La Nacion, he likely didn’t expect to play six quarters after seven days of rest.
Ginobili said the series was starting at a good time for the Spurs, because everyone is mostly healthy now, aside from Tiago Splitter, who sat out Game 1, and Tim Duncan is still being bothered by a stomach bug.
It’s also very apparent that Ginobii himself, who was injured up until the final game of the regular season, is back in playoff form. He played the role of savior with some key minutes off the bench in the series with the Lakers and there he was again last night, ensuring everyone in San Antonio had a short memory of his prior play.
The Spurs will need that same Ginobili as this series promises to be as entertaining as the first game against a young, athletic team ready to take the league by storm.
“It will not be easy to attack. They defend hard and are a rare team in the NBA,” Ginobili said. “For us, the task will be harder than the Lakers, because Golden State is difficult in the one-on-one and has very talented players in Jarrett Jack, Curry and Klay Thompson. They are fast and athletic.”
The Spurs have plenty to work on before Game 2 tomorrow, and it could very well be another dogfight, but I’m sure Spurs fans will take some comfort in knowing that Ginobili in on their side…ready to do what he does best.