Manu Ginobili not living up to the third part of the "big 3"

Is it time for the Spurs to turn the page on Ginobili?

6/16/13 in NBA   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Manu Ginobili has been very instrumental in the success of the San Antonio Spurs over the years, contributing in many big spots en route to 3 world championships. With the emergence of Danny Green, Ginobili has taken a lesser role in coming off the bench.

I’ve often written about father time not being so kind to athletes, and the fact that once that day Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) and power forward Tim Duncan (right) walk off the court after game four of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-93. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sportscomes, the reality of not being able to perform at that high level must be a tough pill to swallow. While Tim Duncan doesn’t provide the elite numbers he once did, he actually had a resurgence this past season which has carried over into the postseason.

Conversely, Manu Ginobili just looks like a shell of his former self. Ginobili has scored in double figures just twice in his last 9 postseason games. He is shooting only 29.8%  from downtown and just 37.7% overall, while averaging 10.6 ppg. He looks slow against elite defenders the last two series. He is making poor decisions in rushing shots and just forcing the action. On some plays he has trouble keeping his balance as he attempts to drive. Ginobili looks like he is pressing and wants to contribute, but his body won’t let him anymore.

I’ve been asking anyone who will listen to me whether or not Popovich will continue to live and die with his big 3. For the last 5 plus years he’s been doing a lot of dying with them in the postseeason. I’m not saying to bench Ginobili completely, because you never know if he has that one great performance still in him. I just think the time may be now for the Spurs to consider giving him less court time.

He’s been averaging a shade over 25 minutes per game this postseason.
Perhaps limiting his minutes to 10-15 could be a good idea. You put him on the court for 5-7 minutes late first/early second quarter, and if he has nothing—take him out. The same for the second half. Leonard and Green can definitely play more minutes.

I firmly believe if Gregg Popovich wants to win a ring this year, he may want to consider turning the page and rely more on his youth versus some of the age he has on this team. I'm just not sure if Pop is willing to do this. 
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6/17/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

An athlete of his caliber can always have that one great game. I just wonder if he has another in him. By the way, did he read my article? lol

6/16/13   |   Scott   |   53918 respect

Coach Pop rolled the dice by starting Ginobli in game 5 and he came up huge for the Spurs.  If they want to win another ring, especially on the road in Miami, the Spurs are going to need Manu