When the SA Spurs were paired against 2nd place Dallas Mavericks, it was expected to be an unforgettable match up. It was indeed, more so for Manu GINOBILI.
A lot has happened to him throughout this series. First he announced that he would not be traveling with the National Team (later this year in Turkey for the FIBA World Championship due to the birth of twin sons), getting an unpleasant facial makeover (thanks to Dirk NOWITZKI) and even being grabbed around the neck and pulled to the ground (gracias to Eduardo NAJERA).
It didn't matter in the end as the Spurs rides on to Manu GINOBILI recent hot form to win the series 4-2. Despite of the spirited effort from the Mavs, the home team hang on to win the game 97-87, with Manu being the top performer posting 26 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists & 1 steal.
Eventually it was sweet revenge for the Spurs after being eliminated in the same round last year by the Mavericks. This victory also clearly shows how much they've missed him, as he was absence through injury back then.
Now in the Western Conference semi-finals, Manu & Co will await the winner between the Blazers/Suns series