Heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had been receiving plenty of criticism in regards to his production this series.
It was all warranted, however — Ginobili had scored only 17 points combined over the course of the three previous games, but in Game 5 — things changed.
Ginobili shined, scoring 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He quickly became the talk of the game as he nearly doubled his series total in this one single contest. The veteran wing had scored only 30 points through the first four games of this series and the Spurs and NBA fans alike were simply waiting for Ginobili to turn it on. Well, he did just that on Sunday.
In addition to his 24 points, which was a season-high ironically enough, Ginobili also recorded ten assists, pacing the way for a San Antonio squad that also got 26 points from Tony Parker and another 24 from the red-hot Danny Green.
The Miami Heat must make some adjustments in Game 6 as their playoff life is obviously on the line with San Antonio now holding a 3-2 series lead. The defense for Miami on Sunday evening was pitiful, but don’t expect things to come as easy as they did in Game 5 when the Spurs took things wire-to-wire.
Ginobili certainly won’t duplicate his efforts from Sunday night, but it will be important for San Antonio to get consistent contributions from him as they look to close things out in either Game 6 or Game 7.
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