December 9, 2023

Spurs’ frenetic bench providing calming influence.

Spurs’ frenetic bench providing calming influence.

Manu Ginobili was out on the fast break in Boston, nothing or nobody between him and a dunk but his own tired set of 38-year-old legs. Midway through his jump, the Spurs guard seemed to realize there was a less taxing way to record the same two points, and settled for a nice and easy layup. Early in his 14th NBA campaign, Ginobili remains what he has mostly always been — the fiery heart and soul of a second unit the Spurs could not live without. While the starting group labors through the inevitable growing pains of integrating All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs’ bench has helped smooth over some of the rough spots. Heading into Saturday’s game against Charlotte at the AT&T Center, the Spurs’ top three-man unit — among groups averaging at least five minutes per game together — has not been Aldridge, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. For the first unit, the task has been to figure a way to meld Aldridge’s prodigious scoring skills and Kawhi Leonard’s burgeoning offensive game with a system that has valued ball-sharing in the past. At some point, the Spurs believe, their All-Star starting five will begin to fire on all cylinders……..Read More 

Source: Spurs’ frenetic bench providing calming influence – San Antonio Express-News


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