As the Spurs make the adjustment from being perennial contenders to pretenders, they’ve almost become afterthoughts this year when the championship is discussed. When your top player is known as “The Big Fundamental,” it’s not expected for your team to make many highlight reels. But last night in a tight game between Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Manu Ginobili made the highlights and may have saved the game at the same time.
Down by one with under three minutes to play, Kevin Durant was leading the break on the way to a seemingly easy dunk since LeBron wasn’t on the court. Swooping in from stage right in the ultimate case of risk/reward, Ginobili turned back Durant. The Spurs went on to win 95-87 and ended Durant’s streak of 29 straight games of scoring 25 or more points in a game.
The block may not have saved the Spurs’ season, but it did save their caped crusader from having this block be their play of the year.