AT&T CENTER--In the two days off following one of the worst playoff performances of his career, all Manu Ginobili could hear were a series of dire questions. What was wrong with his game? Did he have anything left in the tank? Was it time to retire? Ginobili admitted some lackluster performances this season allowed some doubts to creep in him mind. In his last appearance of the season at the AT&T Center, however, the questions subsided.
Leaving San Antonio with a thrilling 24-point, 10-assist performance, the only sounds Ginobili heard in the San Antonio Spurs 114-104 victory were the thousands of fans screaming his name.
Ma-nu! Ma-nu! Ma-nu!no comments
The San Antonio Spurs got Game 5 against the Miami Heat with a bang with a slam dunk by Tim Duncan on Mario Chalmers.
Early in the first quarter, Duncan got free from Chris bosh, caught the pass and went right to the rim only to put Chalmers on a poster. Looks like TD will be sending royalty checks to Chalmers.
They been together for 16 seasons and have led the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA crowns (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007) and are in the midst of trying to capture No. 5 versus the Miami Heat.
Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan have forged a bond like no other coach and player have in recent NBA history and ESPN spotlighted their bond in a video that encapsulates them perfectly.
From former Spurs coach PJ Carlesimo, David Robinson, Sean Elliott, Bruce Bowen to Pop and Duncan themselves check out what they had to say about Pop and Timmy.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (14-4) will look to close out their 3-game home stand in the 2013 NBA Finals with a win tonight as they host the Miami Heat (14-6) in the AT&T Center in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The Spurs are coming off a 109-94 loss in Game 4 in San Antonio. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan, who finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds. The "Big Three" of Miami combined for 85 points while LeBron James finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwyane Wade added 32 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. The Heat outscored the Spurs in the second half 66-44.
Tony Parker is expected to play for the Spurs tonight despite a strain to his right hamstring which he says can tear at any moment.
And as the Spurs hope to take a 3-2 lead before heading to Miami, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:
• The winner of Game 5 has gone on to win 7 of 10 series since the 2-3-2 Finals format.
• Should the Spurs win tonight and with the series shifting to Miami for Game 6, the Heat are a perfect 6-0 after a loss during the postseason.no comments
During the San Antonio Spurs' championship run for title No. 5, Rey Moralde of The No Look Pass will be contributing to Project Spurs.
Every game is a must-win in the NBA Finals. This holds especially true for Game 5 as the Heat and the Spurs are tied at two games apiece. Check out this stat right here.
In 2-3-2 format (since 1985) when an NBA Finals series is tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win 7 of 10 series.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 14, 2013
So who has more pressure to win Game 5? The San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat?no comments
AT&T Center – One part of being in the NBA Finals is that for players, it seems like there’s a lens dissecting each of their individual games. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh were the biggest targets under the lens before Game 4 because they hadn’t been producing like they promised they would two years ago when joining forces.
With Miami’s “Big 3” finally playing like the team that said it would win six championships on Thursday, the lens has now moved on the San Antonio Spurs who are tied with the Heat 2-2 in the NBA Finals. Their two players gaining attention for inconsistent play are two of their South Americans, Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter.
While much has been written about Ginobili’s disappearing act in these Finals over the last two days, Splitter’s name is also gaining attention, as he seems like a weak link against Miami on both sides of the ball.no comments
On this episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 San Antonio, Spurs Roundtable, Project Spurs' Jeff Garcia, Humberto Cervera and Project Spurs' NBA Finals contributor Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily discuss what is going right an wrong for the San Antonio Spurs so far in the Finals heading into Game 5.
Is it simply just turnovers? Is it the Miami Heat defense?
To finish off the series, the panel discusses the poor play from Manu Ginobili and put Tiago Splitter in the hot seat.
All this and much more on this episode of the Spurs Roundtable.
The San Antonio Spurs have appeared really good in two games of the NBA Finals and have looked really awful in the two others which have been losses for the team. One of the main reasons why they've looked good has been Tiago Splitter and his play. During the losses, Splitter has looked awful. In fact, he looks like a completely different player.
Splitter is averaging 5.8ppg with a disappointing 2.8rpg against an extremely smaller Miami Heat lineup. Even with Miami's "bigs" in the game, Splitter has an advantage (or should have) in the rebounding and defense department, especially on the offensive end also.
The most noticeable aspect of his game that looks awful during Games 2 and 4 have been on the offensive end and trying to score in the paint. Tiago has not only been stopped from scoring in the paint, he's gotten blocked....and pretty badly at that. The blocks have also came from Miami's smalls in small lineup. LeBron James has been known to block shots, but Dwayne Wade and Mike Miller blocking a 6'11" center's shot easily isn't acceptable.no comments