Spurs legend Manu Ginobili to take time over future

Ross Houston
May 30, 2017

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.

Kevin Durant added 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go with 12 rebounds, while Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Golden State, which became the first team in National Basketball Association history to start the playoffs 12-0.

"It doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we understand that", Curry said.

San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili said Monday, May 22 (Tuesday in Manila) he would take his time before deciding on his future after an emotion-filled defeat to the Golden State Warriors.

"Obviously it (stinks) that Kawhi wasn't there and Tony wasn't there and David wasn't out there", Green said. "As you get older, make the All-Star team and get the money, you want to win that championship".

Spurs GM R.C. Buford told ESPN's Zach Lowe that Ginobili's willingness to come off the bench helped create a culture in San Antonio.

Head coach Gregg Popovich said he started him out of respect and did not want to miss the opportunity for fans to honor everything Ginobili has done for the franchise.

The start was Ginobili's first since March of 2014 and will be a small part of the huge legacy the Argentine takes with him into either next season or a new chapter of his life. "I don't think he needs that".

Ginobili had 15 points and when Popovich subbed him out with two minutes to go the San Antonio crowd gave him a standing ovation. Kevin Durant also impressed for the Warriors shooting 29 points.

Ginobili was drafted by the Spurs in 1999 and joined the team in 2002.

“We feel like we can play better, ” said Brown, who is filling in on the sideline for an injured Steve Kerr.

It was evident at the start of Game 4. As the race for the Eastern Conference crown fast approaches, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was asked who he'd like his team to face in the Finals.

"To get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, we've got to be better on both ends of the floor", he said.

"We were the better team but they did win".

The Spurs didn't play like it was over Monday night - while the Warriors would hit threes and go on runs, the Spurs would answer back never let them completely pull away.

“I feel like we could definitely be better.”.

Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Golden State 53 (Durant 12), San Antonio 41 (Gasol 9).

The Warriors worked to finish off San Antonio in the early stages of the third quarter, moving to a 78-56 lead on two Green free throws at the 8:25 mark.

This season, Ginobili averaged a career-low 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 69 games.

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