2013 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Huge in Game 5 Victory Over Miami Heat

For the first time this season, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich inserted Manu Ginobili in to the starting lineup. Well, the Spurs’ legendary coach made the right move again as Ginobili scored 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting and added 10 assists to help lead the Spurs to a 114-104 victory Sunday night against the Miami Heat. The Spurs now lead the series 3-2 and just need one more victory to win their 5th NBA Championship. With the series heading back to Miami for Game 6 (and Game 7 if necessary), the Heat have their backs against the wall. Dwyane Wade was very good once again for Miami as he scored 25 points to go along with 10 assists. LeBron James was his usual self with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals, but the Spurs offensive attack was too much for the Heat to handle. In addition to Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker were also incredible. After a 24-point performance including shooting 6 for 10 from the 3 point range, Green now holds the NBA Finals record of most three pointers with 25. The old record was held by Ray Allen with 22. With at least one game remaining, Green will likely hold this record for a very long time. Parker scored 26 points and chipped in with 5 assists. It looked like his strained hamstring was not bothering him too much. The Heat have responded well to their losses in this series winning every other game and they must continue to do so on Tuesday, when the series goes back to Miami. I did not think that the Spurs would stand a chance if both James and Wade were at the top of their game, but it appears that is not true. If the Spurs continue to get production from their role players like Green and Kawhi Leonard, their balanced lineup is too much for Miami to handle. It will be very interesting to see if the Heat can comeback from a loss again. Game 6 in Miami is make-or-break for the Heat. James and Wade must continue to play their game, but getting production from their role players is the key to the series. As great as Parker, Ginobili and Tim Duncan are, Miami’s Big Three are more talented. However, Aside from Allen, who scored 21 points on Sunday, Miami got little to no production out of the rest of their role players. That being said, I think that Miami will take Game 6 and force a Game 7. After that, will LeBron be able to win the series in hopes of a beginning of a Miami dynasty or will the Spurs win their title No. 5 since Popovich took over? Only time will tell. Daniel is a writer for RantSports.com. He also contributes to TotalSportsBlog.com. Follow him on Twitter @D_Schmelzer and add him to your network on Google.

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