Age is defined as “the particular period of life at which a person becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything.”
Tonight in San Antonio, age was mentioned a few times from the beginning to the end as the Spurs forced a game six with a 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Age keeps one from overreacting.” Said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before the game. His Spurs came into the evening on the brink of elimination.
Insert a 26-year-old rookie sitting in the locker room 45-minutes before a pivotal game five. Manu Ginobili was stretching and watching film. Steve Novak and Danny Green were joking in their corner locker area and there sat a very quiet, determined rookie. He had a special demeanor as opposed to the rest of the players in the locker room.
Little did Gary Neal know, he would be called upon to save the Spurs’ season three hours from then?
The 35-year old veteran Tim Duncan would open the game by scoring 11-points and helping the Spurs spark a 9-0 run with 1:13 remaining in the first quarter. His Spurs led 15 to 12 early.
From there, 33-year-old Manu Ginobili would score eight points and help the Spurs open the second quarter with a 31 to 18 lead four minutes into the second quarter.
With 2:37 remaining in the half, Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley would score his twelfth point and his team got within six points of the Spurs (41-35).
When the halftime buzzer sounded, Ginobili led the Spurs with 17 points as they held a 50 to 42 lead. The Spurs’ age through one half helped them hold the lead, then the second half began and that edge was lost.no comments