HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Mr. Clutch, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, was at it again last night.
The league’s best team (22-3), the Spurs have won seven straight games, continuing this month’s streak theme around the NBA, and two straight on Ginobili game winners.
And unlike his shot to beat the Bucks Wednesday night, there should be no controversy on this latest one (above). Nuggets fans will argue (and who wouldn’t?) that the charge Ginobili drew on Carmelo Anthony on the ensuing play was iffy.
Two dramatic games this week didn’t change the way we feel about the Spurs here at the hideout. We were on their bandwagon before now. The way they came out of the block, let us know that they realize that time on South Texas Big 3 of Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker is running short. They only have a small window of time left to contend for titles, and they are playing like it.
Duncan has had an interesting time adjusting to his new role, as the aging warrior still trying to squeeze big nights out of a body clearly fatigued from years and years of big nights.
The biggest mistake teams will make this season in dealing with Duncan and the Spurs is believe that they are over the hill. As they Nuggets learned last night, Duncan still has plenty left in his tank:
The Prime Minister might have said it best in an e-mail this morning:
“What can you possibly say about the Spurs? They just always seem to find a way to win … I would have to think Lakers fans are more than a little worried about the old vets from Texas giving them a run for the money. If they keep this up and Manu doesn’t finish in the top two or three of MVP voting, it’s a travesty.”
Ginobili will definitely have to keep up his big shot ways if he’s going to climb his way into that MVP race. But the Spurs are definitely a team for the Lakers and every other contender, including the mighty Boston Celtics (winners of 12 straight after their win over the Hawks and seen below in the Daily Zap) to worry about.