It’s Manu Ginobili’s birthday today. I usually create lists and/or compilations to honor players on their birthdays but for Manu today, I’m going to skip the countless plays of him making ridiculous shots, nifty passes, game winners, surprising dunks or killing any bats and just flashback to one game in 2008. That game was against the Cavs and LeBron James, who has seen Manu do plenty of the things I just mentioned over the years.
On this night, Ginobili made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 46 points (18 in the 4th) against LeBron (also 18 in the 4th) and here’s what the players and coaches had to say about Manu’s performance.
“I’m just happy he’s on my team,” Tim Duncan said. “He’s unbelievable when he gets rolling like that. The funny part is, I’ve seen him do it before.”
“It was unbelievable,” James said. “There’s nothing you can do when a guy get hot like that. He shot step-back 3s. He shot pull-up 3s. It was a great performance by Manu.”
“Manu is a bad boy” Cavs coach Mike Brown said.
“Manu is Manu,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s one of the most unbelievable competitors I’ve been around. That’s why he has NBA championships and Olympic championships and European championships. He’s a pretty special guy.”
“It was a special game,” Ginobili said. “I was feeling good from the beginning. I felt like every shot was going to go in, and it did.”