Whatever Gregg POPOVICH has in mind for Manu GINOBILI, he knows he can expect the same response from his team’s spark plug. Today against the Atlanta Hawks, he decides to put him back to the place that made him the league’s Best Sixth Man last season. The bench.
“It was a tough back-to-back,” Manu said. “He (Spurs coach POPOVICH) was thinking about it. So I said, ‘Go ahead.’ As I told you, sometimes I prefer coming from the bench, so no big deal.”
Manu scored 27 points to help the Spurs beat the Hawks 95-89 for their fourth straight victory. He was 8-if-12, including 5 of 7 from the 3-point line and made all of his six free throws. Not to forget, he also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal to his credit.
“Manu carried it for us,” Tim DUNCAN said. “He hit some big shots—obviously free throws down the stretch. He loves games like that. He loves situations like that.”
While he had no points to his name, Fabricio OBERTO defensive contribution (6 rebounds and 1 block shot) was crucial in helping the Spurs win tonight. Especially after grinding a win against the Mavs in double overtime just a night ago.