Although the San Antonio Spurs are currently tied at 2-2 with the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, that might be different if Spurs star Manu Ginobili was playing up to his normal standards. The native Argentinian is struggling through the first four games of the series averaging just 7.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds on 34% shooting, but it’s not health related according to Manu, as some reports have suggested.
Per Manu, via ESPN:
Throughout these Finals, furthermore, Ginobili has been repeatedly described by colleagues as the healthiest he’s been all season. In his own sitdown with ESPN Radio before Game 3, Manu couldn’t have said it much clearer.
“My body is not the issue here,” Ginobili insisted. “If I’m not playing good, it’s just because I’m not playing good. Not because my body is limiting me.”
Tim Duncan happens to think Manu’s just being too unselfish:
“I think he’s just trying to be incredibly unselfish right now,” Duncan said. “I think he’s trying to make the right play at the right time. He’s trying to make the right pass [and] make the defense move instead of looking more for his own. … We need him to be a little more aggressive — be a little more selfish, maybe — and hopefully we can find a way to get him to do that.”
Whatever the issue might be, for the Spurs and Ginobili, they hope it can be fixed for Game 5 on Sunday evening.