Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was answering questions Wednesday about LeBron James’ minutes when he said something interesting.
Teams are suffering because they listen to what the media is saying about guys playing minutes, he said. When asked later what he meant, he added, Some teams should play some guys more minutes, and it would’ve been different series. So, whatever.
The fact he said series means he’s talking about a playoff series. Three NBA first-round series are finished at the moment: Cavs-Pacers, Warriors-Trail Blazers and Rockets-Thunder. The only player whose minutes were a topic of discussion was Russell Westbrook against Houston.
Mychal Rivera Limited Jersey
Somehow, he got up and got all ball on James Harden to prevent a potential tying bucket. Time ran out and the Spurs, improbably, had a 3-2 lead in this Western Conference playoff series after a 110-107 victory Tuesday.
For one night, and in one enduring moment, one of the franchise’s greatest players was again one of its most important.
Manu, you know, reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters, per MySanAntonio.com. He was a stud. Ginobili finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and that one enormous block.
Ginobili said he was feeling the adrenaline rush that comes with being in the playoffs. That was evident in the first half when he drove and dunked with his right hand. (It was very unexpected, he told reporters.)
When Kawhi Leonard went to the bench with an ankle injury, Ginobili became part of the closeout group again.