Early in the first quarter of Game 4 last night, the Spurs jumped out to a big lead. From then on, they held control, despite a valiant effort from the Grizzlies to save their season.
Their mainstay off the bench, Manu Ginobili got involved in the action late in the first quarter, providing the highlight of the night.
After a steal (one of Memphis’ 13 turnovers) Ginobili was running the floor and caught an outlet pass on the right wing. Upon catching the ball, he spotted Cory Joseph making a hard cut to the basket and hit him with a bounce pass that he threw between Tayshaun Prince’s legs. From there, it was an easy catch and finish for Joseph.
It was a classic Ginobili – playing the game with flair. The Argentine finished with just 6 points on 1-6 shooting, but chipped in 6 rebounds and 6 assists on the night.
Ginobili has been on and off this post season, averaging just about 11 points a game on 38% shooting from the field. At the same time however, he has hit some big shots (including an overtime game winner against Golden State) and managed to make an impact in other areas – chipping in 5.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds a night.