Spurs’ Ginobili mulls retirement after sweep by Warriors
Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant (right) hugs San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (left) after game four of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center.
The Warriors thumped the injury-plagued Spurs 129-115 in San Antonio on Monday to sweep the series 4-0 and book a place in the NBA Finals against the victor of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
After blowing a 3-1 series lead in last year’s Finals, you know that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are highly motivated to redeem themselves this year. They will appear in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year and will face the victor of the ongoing Eastern Conference Finals showdown between the Boston Celtics and the defending NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers. Cavaliers now lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1.
It’s no surprise that arguably the best Warriors team in franchise history just achieved the greatest accomplishment in National Basketball Association postseason history ahead of next week’s Finals.
Monday’s game may have also marked the end of Manu Ginobili’s career.
Although younger players are starting to take over the league, Ginobili said he feels like he can still hold is own.
“He is a fantastic coach and a fantastic human being and a great friend”, Lacob said.
Kerr has not coached in the Warriors last 10 playoff games, all victories. Golden State outshot the Spurs 55.8 percent to 42.3 percent, had 53 rebounds to San Antonio’s 41 and dominated despite 17 turnovers that led to 22 San Antonio points. While addressing his potential retirement, Ginobili said he got the feeling that the Spurs fans gathered at the arena and television analysts wanted him to hang up the boots.
The six-year veteran came into Game 4 averaging 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in the series against Boston.
Popovich paid tribute to Ginobili, the 39-year-old Argentinian who joined the Spurs in 2002 and won four championships with the franchise.
“Somebody I grew up watching, unbelievable competitor, even more fun playing against him”, Durant said after the game. “I have so much respect for someone who plays so hard and so tough”.
Looking back, though, the Warriors were probably a better team – maybe even the best team in history.
Ginobili’s closest friend on the Spurs is Mills, which puzzles the 28-year-old. San Antonio didn’t go down without a fight despite the injuries.