Spurs’ Manu: ‘We’ve Been Old For Years’
Here are the ages of the 10 players who took the court at the start of overtime once the Spurs and Grizzlies finished regulation with 86 points apiece: 21, 25, 28, 28, 31, 31, 31, 33, 35 and 37. The last two numbers in that sequence, of course, belong to the ageless Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, who helped San Antonio overcome a dreadful start and outlast a Memphis team that was in make-or-break mode. The second-oldest on the list, Ginobili, scored the Spurs’ final four points in regulation, craftily beating a great defense to create points out of thin air.
The oldest, Duncan, owned the extra period for the second straight game, scoring seven of his 24 points in overtime after scoring six of his 17 points in Game 2′s overtime period. Playing 44 minutes, the most time he’s logged in a game since April 2010, Duncan added 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks and shot 58 percent from the field (his second-best mark this postseason) against a younger, hungry, desperate, talented front line that’s among the league’s best. He was the last man standing for the second time in this series and for about the 60-billionth time of his career.
“We’ve been ‘old’ probably for eight years now,” Ginobili joked to reporters after the game. “I remember in 2007, our last championship, they were saying that we were old.”