San Antonio Spurs fans are probably still stunned over how the Spurs 2011-12 season came to a crushing end. After sweeping their way to the Western Conference Finals and going up 2-0, San Antonio lost four games in a row to the Oklahoma City Thunder in one grand implosion.
The bench disappeared, shots were not falling, players were not stepping up their game and much more happened at the worst possible time. But you cannot totally put the blame on San Antonio. Much credit goes to OKC for making the right adjustments and taking the Spurs out of their game.
Something Manu Ginobili acknowledges.
In his column for Argentinian site Canchallena, Ginobili reflected the Spurs series loss to OKC and in true fashion, showed great sportsmanship towards the Thunder.
We have nothing to regret. There comes a time when you face a team that plays better than yours and you win, period. It may sound simple, but so is sports. Oklahoma City has more talent than us and beat us well.
Ginobili spoke on how painful it was to lose on Wednesday to the Oklahoma City and also talks about how proud he was of this team, because even though they didn't win the title, he was still proud of the team for reaching the level it did when they were once again claimed to be "old."
And as much as Spurs fans may still be reeling over how the Spurs were dispatched in the playoffs, take a note from Manu and keep your chin up high.
Overall the season was spectacular. Nobody believed in the predictions. Indeed, some even didn't have us in the playoffs, and as always, we find a way to stand out to finish the regular season winning the Western Conference, which is the more even the most difficult. And we were first with the most wins, playing well, and overcoming injuries.
Ginobili finishes the article by saying that he's going to take a short break from basketball, then head to London for the Olympics so he can begin training for the games and also praises head coach Gregg Popovich's ability to integrate young players such as Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. But right before he discusses his summer plans, Ginobili gives his opinion on what he thinks Spurs forward Tim Duncan will do.
I wonder if the team can stay intact and I do not know what will happen to those who completed their contracts, but I'm sure Tim will renew and continue with us.
There you have it, Ginobili truly expects Duncan to be in silver and black next season. Coach Gregg Popovich also said in the teams exit interview that he would like to get Duncan's situation wrapped up before the NBA Draft on June 28. In my opinion, Duncan will sign a one to two year deal or possibly finish when Ginobili's contract finishes next season. We'll have to wait and see in the next two weeks.
(Project Spurs' Jeff Garcia contributed to this post)
In the 4Q, if the game is close or losing, whatever it takes the ball should be in Manu's hand. TP is a scoring machine but he's far away from clutch. Manu is definitely one of the best closer in the game but through this whole Playoffs he doesn't get enough attempts in the 4 quarter.