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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.
BEST OF MAXIM
How do you let Manu Ginobili get that wide open?
The Golden State Warriors will be asking themselves that for the next day as they try to rebound in Game 2 after losing a heartbreaker to the San Antonio Spurs 129-127 in double overtime on Monday night.
Sure, it took more than 57 minutes for Ginobili to hit his first 3-pointer of the night and he had missed his previous...
WITH THE DAGGER
Manu Ginobili missed his previous 7 shots before drilling the game-winning three pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime of Game 1 vs. the Warriors. The Spurs rallied from 16 down in 4th quarter and forced 2 overtimes and took a 1-0 series lead with the 129-127 victory.
If you had to go to bed early last night and missed the double-overtime thriller in Game 1 of the second-round match up between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, I don’t envy you.
This game had everything the neutral fan could want in a playoff basketball game and it’s unfortunate that someone had to lose but, the Warriors squandered a good chance to take the...
Words can hardly describe last night's San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Game 1 thrilling double-overtime game. After building a seemingly insurmountable lead (18 points), Warriors began to see their lead slip as the Spurs stormed back.
And when it mattered the most, veteran Manu Ginobili was there to save the day despite having an off night. Manu was 4-19 from the...
Last night’s San Antonio Spurs/Golden State Warriors game one had more twists and turns than a terrible thriller movie.
After the Spurs came back from a double-digit margin in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, they trailed by one with less than 3.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
Due to a defensive blunder by Golden State, Manu had a wide open three-point attempt...
If you stayed up late Monday night you got to see some incredible basketball. San Antonio went on an 18-3 run at the end of regulation in order to force overtime. The Spurs and Golden State Warriors remained tied after one OT period. With time winding down and the team down by one, Manu Ginobili found himself wide open for a three-point shot.
And with 1.2 seconds left he sunk...
All it took was one shot from Manu Ginobili to undo Stephen Curry's monstrous performance.
Ginobili hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.2 seconds left in the second overtime Monday night to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 129-127 win over the Golden State Warriors and Curry, who put up 44 points in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.
Ginobili's shot and...
While I was watching Game 1 off the Spurs.Warriors series I didn't notice the screamer that has been getting almost as much attention as Manu Ginobili today (more, I think). However, after watching this--or really listening--to this clip I have to ask one question.
Was there anyone booked for assault following the game? On TV its no big deal, but I can't imagine sitting...
Gregg Popovich had one of the best quotes of the season following the Spurs Game 1 2OT victory over the Warriors on Monday night. After rallying form 16 down to force overtime, Manu Ginobili, who struggled throughout the game (5-for-20), came up with the game-winning three to seal the win with 1.2 seconds left – here’s what Pop had to say about it.
According to USA Today...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili's 3-pointer from the wing with 1.2 seconds left in double overtime lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a thrilling 129-127 victory over the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry's 44 points in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals Monday night.
The Spurs trailed by 16 points with 4 minutes left in regulation before going on an 18-2...
The Golden State Warriors had 16-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1, but the San Antonio Spurs went on an 18-2 run to force the game into overtime.
The Spurs eventually won the game in double-overtime on a Manu Ginobili three-pointer.
Teams up by 16 points at the four-minute mark had won 392 consecutive games.
Last night's Spurs-Warriors Semifinal Game 1 was nothing short of exhilarating.
The Spurs came back from an 18-point deficit to win in double-overtime 129-27 and provided NBA fans with what can only be described as an instant classic which will be long remembered for Manu Ginobili's clutch game-winning shot, Stephen Curry's monster third quarter scoring barrage, and...
Last night's Spurs-Warriors game was a true NBA playoff classic. A game that went into double overtime and included a 16 point comeback with 4 minutes to play at the end of regulation. A game that had the league's most exciting young superstar, Steph Curry, put up 44 and 11 while playing all 58 minutes, including a stretch of 14 points in less than 3 minutes in the third...
The Spurs were all but done last night in game 1 versus the Warriors. They however, mounted a huge 4th quarter comeback and hit a buzzer beater to win 129-127 in the 2nd overtime.
With 4 minutes left in the game the Spurs Trailed by 16 points. The Warriors missed their last 8 out of 9 shots and the Spurs ended the game on an 18-2 run to force overtime. With the Spurs trailing by...
The San Antonio Spurs (5-0) will look to defend homecourt against the Golden State Warriors (4-3) tonight at the AT&T Center for Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.
The Spurs are coming off a thrilling double-overtime comeback 129-127 win in Game 1. Tony Parker finished with 28 points to lead the Spurs while Manu Ginobili nailed he game-winning three-pointer...