Tony Parker and the rest of the starting 5 played so well that it went under the radar that former 6th man, Manu Ginobili wasn’t playing that great. Tied at 2-2, the Spurs needed him to find his rhythm and get involved early in the Spurs final home game of the year. His adjustments were crucial in gaining momentum headed back to South Beach.
Check out his post-game interview about how he snapped out his slump
I’d said all series that now was the time for Ginobili to have an All Star caliber performance. Pop started him and he came out firing on all cylinders. In his 1st start all year, the Flop God shot 8/14 putting up his series best 24 points. Parker, with his hamstring hanging on by threads, played aggressive and showed no signs of discomfort on his penetrations. Danny Green went from bouncing back and forth between the D League to being the NBA Finals all time 3 point shooter; passing the Heat’s Ray Allen. Although the Spurs have a fairly good supporting bench, it was the starters who dominated this game. They collectively scored 107 of the Spurs 114 points. I predicted the Spurs would win in 7. But they’re now 1 game away from the Big 3’s 4th ring together and solidifying Tim Duncan’s spot among the greats.