Manu Ginobili Fuels Spurs’ Engine in Victory over Hornets

Game Recaps

manu ginobiliIn hostile territory with momentum turned and yet another large first half lead having dwindled to a single point in the fourth quarter, the San Antonio Spurs abandoned execution and rode the individual brilliance of Manu Ginobili to a 98-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Clinging to an 86-85 lead with four minutes remaining, a series of dribble hand-offs failed to gain the Spurs any traction against an active Hornets’ defense. With less than 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock, Matt Bonner flipped the ball back to Ginboili, curling from the top of the key to his right towards the rim.

With Cody Zeller in his path and the ever looming Bismack Biyombo forming a wall behind him, Ginobili lofted a hanging, twisting prayer with his left hand and all momentum fading to his right, salvation found as the ball settled to the bottom of the net.

And so it was that every Hornets run was answered by one of Ginobili’s patented exaggerated Euro steps, knifing drives, or back-breaking three-pointers. In nearly 24 minutes Ginobili provided 27 points on 14 shots, yet it almost wasn’t enough.

Spurs loss to Memphis sheds light on December struggles

Game Recaps

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

-James M. Barrie

Grayed and grounded by winter and the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs continued their stumble through December, securing their first losing month since 1999.

San Antonio Spurs 110, Miami Heat 95: Revenge is a dish best served hot

NBA Finals

Inside a sweltering AT&T Center, an exhausted LeBron James looked on from the bench, powerless to help his teammates stem a 21-7 run the San Antonio Spurs closed the game with to take a 110-95 Game victory.

James remains the most remarkable athlete in the NBA, if not the entire world; an unparalleled combination of size, strength, speed, and explosiveness. But like the Achilles of Greek mythology, the basketball gods that blessed James with such an impressive physique also built in one weakness, which he often wears emblazoned across his chest: Heat.