Manu Ginobili proving he still has some gas left in the tank
Manu Ginobili has been severely criticized over the course of the NBA Finals. The criticism has even caused Manu to wonder whether or not he should retire after this season was over. The former sixth man of the year was averaging just 7.5 points per game prior to Game 5 of the NBA Finals. But it was at the biggest game of the season, that Manu proved to everyone that he still had some gas left in the tank. Sunday evening, Manu went off for 24 points and 10 assists, in what was his most effective and efficient game of the season. And what may have caused Manu’s outbreak was his entrance into the starting line-up, which Pop informed him of prior to Saturday morning’s practice.
"I was angry, disappointed," Ginobili said. “We are playing in the NBA Finals, we were 2-2, and I felt I still wasn't really helping the team that much. And that was the frustrating part."
So, Pop did what Pop does best; he made adjustments. With Manu in the starting line-up, there was less pressure on Manu to be the primary ball handler and creator. Instead, Manu did what he does best, by driving to the paint or playing off the ball for 3-pointers and off the screen lay-ups.
“Manu is a competitor,” Gregg Popovich said. “He has confidence in himself that he should just continue to compete. That’s what he’s done his whole career. And tonight he played his best game in a while.”