Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  21 responses

Manu Ginobili and the Spurs ‘Devastated’ After Game 6

The San Antonio Spurs were mere seconds away from claiming a fifth NBA Championship last night. They somehow let it slip away, and now they must pick themselves up and try to win Game 7 in Miami. Manu Ginobili knows that may be an impossible task. Per the Express-News: “Manu Ginobili strode to the free-throw line at AmericanAirlines Arena late Tuesday night. The Spurs were ahead by four points. A handful of Miami Heat fans had already begun streaming toward the exits, off to commiserate on South Beach. The Spurs were 28.2 seconds away from a championship. About 20 minutes of real time later, the Heat were celebrating a 103-100 overtime victory, a thrilling end to an instant classic. And the NBA Finals were headed to Game 7. The Spurs fumbled their first chance to finish the defending champions in a hail of missed free throws and missed opportunities down the stretch. The fear now: It might have been their best chance. ‘It’s a tough moment,’ Ginobili said. ‘We were a few seconds away from winning the championship and we let it go.’ Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard each missed foul shots at the end of regulation, and the Heat erased a five-point deficit with 3-pointers from LeBron James and Ray Allen to send the game to overtime. Both came off desperate offensive rebounds from the Heat. The shot from Allen — only the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history — came off a kickout from Chris Bosh with 5.2 seconds to go, knotted the score at 95 and gave Miami five more minutes to extend its season. [...] Now it’s on to Game 7, a proposition that hasn’t been kind to road teams in the Finals. Of 17 Game 7s in Finals history, 14 have been won by the home team. The last team to win a Game 7 on the road was the 1978 Washington Bullets, who won a championship in Seattle. ‘We know we can win games that are here or anywhere else,’ Tim Duncan said. ‘We just have to execute for a longer period of time.’ [...] Forty-eight hours might not be enough for the Spurs to recover from the psychological blow they took Tuesday. ‘I have no clue how we’re going to be re-engergized,’ Ginobili said. ‘We’re devastated. But there’s no Game 8 afterward. So we’re going to have to play our best game.’”

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  • Jay Cutler

    Does anyone have a better lasting image of Game 6 than watching Tracy McGrady on the bench – giddy like a schoolboy – salivating over hoisting his first chip a mere 28 seconds hence?

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Ginobili has been terrible… Hope he can at least stop making jump passes in game 7.

  • bike

    Ginobili’s out of control, 3-4 step travel crash into traffic on that final play was one of the most cringe worthy things I have ever seen in pro b-ball. Almost got sick to my stomach.

  • The Mighty FV

    it was shocking and he looked like he was hit at first but then on the replay there was no foul

  • RayJr

    As reckless as Ginobli plays I was still surprised he had 8 turnovers.

  • Newbie

    I was hollering “bench him” the entire game. As clutch as we knew Ginobili to be, last night he was playing for the Heat. At what point after turning the ball over a countless number of times, from jump passes, does one think to themselves let me keep my feet on the ground while I’m passing!?!?!

    Call it intuition but I knew that guy was going to screw over the team last night. Pop should have had his ass riding the pine. 8 TO’s in a potential close out game.. c’mon

  • pposse

    never really been a spurs fan until now, but damn it seems to be a stressful job!

  • Monta ellis

    Ginobili sucks . He lost the game for them he had 8 fuggin turnovers

  • KingBenjamin

    Just don’t understand why Popovich didn’t call a timeout that possession, I just don’t understand.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in order for the heat to not be able to set up their defense

  • spit hot fiyah

    his passing is wild, a turnover waiting to happen all the time

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Yeah, but they had 7 seconds left, and Ginobili had been a walking turnover the entire game. Plus, Parker was on the bench. Call time out, sub in TP, and go for a set play.

    Really confusing why they trusted Manu for the game winner when he’s been playing like absolute garbage the entire game. Might as well have gone for a shot by Splitter, it would be the same thing.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Pop usually does not make emotional decisions, but Manu playing extended minutes was just baffling to me. He did not belong anywhere near the court yesterday. I recall him having maybe one positive play the entire game. The rest were out of control drives, or pick and rolls that led to stupid passes/turnovers that cost his team.

    Ginobili should be devastated – that was one of the worst games from an individual star I’ve ever seen.

  • bike

    Was thinking the same thing. You could tell Manu was going in for one of those out of control, train wreck drives followed by a hail mary floater bank shot as soon as he started moving.

    He’s too old for that sh*t anymore.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah i can’t defend ginobili in any type of way. it was a train wreck waiting to happen. u are right about splitter, he was 2-2 on wild semi hook shots lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    how do you recover mentally from a loss like this in less than 48 hours?

  • KingBenjamin

    Still doesn’t make any sense, why would you leave the ball in the guy’s hands who had been turning it over all game and all serious and was probably the main reason the Heat got back into the game and sent it to OT?

    Stupid, stupid, head scratching play. I thought Popovich was calling the timeout but the referees didn’t hear him, but no he decided to let Ginobli run in the paint out of control and throw up a ridiculous shot that just ended up being a turnover and ended up sealing the game.

    Has to go down as the worst collapse/loss in NBA history.

  • robb

    The guy sucked the whole damn game. 8 turnovers and that final play, I don’t understand why Pop didn’t sit him. Ginobili played terrible ball yesterday

  • playa

    Well truth is ginobili is not and probably never was the star player, just good-very good.

  • jr

    Point Shaving redefined by Ginobli! Wonder how much he received for giving the Heat a Game 7? San Antonio fans should be irate. Popovich kept him in and Duncan out when it mattered. Maybe POP got a piece of cash too! These old coaches always stay too long with the top payroll instead of best player needed in crunch time. Now he gets to think about this the entire off season and beyond. I have lost all respect for that coach/clown!

    What a waste of an all time classic performance by the old man Tim Duncan! Ginobli probably cannot look him in the face for life if the Heat take Game 7! Yes I am ticked off! Making LeBron not look like the self centered choker he really is…

  • jim

    Atleast Ginobli is consistent. He turned ball over at critical times again especially near the end. He didn’t need to stop his dribble.