- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 20:44
- Last Updated on Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:41
- Written by David Rountree
Manu Ginobili has been playing horrid basketball as of late and has been a total non-factor for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The guard has career-lows in almost every statistical category; age seems to be catching up with him.
Despite him being 35, fans and experts alike at least expected Ginobili to contribute to the team in the Finals but that hasn’t been the case. Ginobili is only averaging about 7.5 points a game, shooting 34% from the field.
He has been relying on shooting long three-pointers that haven’t been going in; he’s shooting an abysmal 19% from the three-point line. His passing has suffered as well, because he is averaging almost two turnovers a game.
The Spurs have managed to play well without him but with the series tied going into Game Five the team needs him now. The beauty of a seven-game series is that a new game hero can always appear and make a difference. If Ginobili can just string together just a couple successful games it could put this team over the top.
The Spurs don’t need for Ginobili to score thirty points or to shoot perfectly from the field. They need him to be focused and locked in on offense; they need him to be aggressive and not passive. They need him to take care of the basketball, and to make his open shots.
The All-Star days of Manu Ginobili are over but he still can give this team a boost on the offensive end. There is no reason Ginobili shouldn’t be averaging above 12 points a game at least. In the coming games he should focus on shooting mid-range jumpers versus long threes, hopefully making the game easier for him.
The NBA game is a game of runs and the Spurs still have a couple chances left to put the Miami Heat away, but they need for Ginobili to contribute to help put the nails in the coffin.