Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 6/17/13
During the San Antonio Spurs' title chase in the 2013 NBA Finals, Rey Moralde of The No Look Pass will be contributing to Project Spurs. At first glance, it seemed foolish of Coach Gregg Popovich that he would start Manu Ginobili. After all, the "small ball" line-up seemed to play into Miami's hands. While others charged that the move really reeked of desperation, it is the NBA Finals and you have to pull out all the stops here. And, boy, did Manu pull out all the stops.   It seemed more than just a countermove to Miami's starting line-up that had included Mike Miller in the last two games. And when Tiago Splitter was taking on Dwyane Wade in the perimeter, a change had to be made (remember Game 4 when Gary Neal got in the game early after Miami exploited that match-up). Ginobili had been in a bad slump; he's shot less than 40 percent in the postseason and had only scored 17 total points in the previous three games. This move was basically to get Ginobili warm from the start.
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