San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Elevates Game at Perfect Time
Another day and another win for the San Antonio Spurs. The tenth-straight win for the defending Western Conference champions came against the less formidable Utah Jazz. The win marked the second double-digit win streak of the season for the Spurs.
In their 50th win of the season, the Spurs did not encounter any defensive resistance at all from the Jazz. They were able to shoot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field and picked Utah’s defense apart from every angle. The 122 point explosion by the Spurs helped sweep the season series with the Jazz.
But the story line was not was not about the recent success of the Spurs, but the heightened level of play by the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year – Manu Ginobili. His 21 points in 24 minutes was the eighth game out the last 10, in which he has scored double figures. Ginobili put together a very efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field and knocked down two big shots from beyond the arc.
It is not a coincidence that the Spurs have risen to another level in the league’s stratosphere just as Ginobili is heating up. It is also not a coincidence that Ginobili is the leader of the best bench in the NBA that is is ranked first in points per game, assists and three-point field goals made.
The winning streak that San Antonio has put together is just a manifestation of consistency in every part of their team. Gregg Popovich has done a tremendous job of communicating the proper roles to everyone in his camp. Each player executes their role no matter how big or small and the attention to detail will make a highest impact come playoff time.