As everyone in the Milky Way Galaxy knows the Spurs are old. You know it, Zarlox in the Jor-Blorns constellation knows it, Jared Franklin at Infeld Daniels law firm knows it — it’s kind of their thing.

But their other thing is being really good at basketball, turning in 50 wins in a 66-game season and sweeping their first round series with the Jazz. Mixing age and a desire to win can be tough, as Gregg Popovich surely knows. These guys want to win but they also have to preserve themselves for a deep run in the playoffs. It’s tough to balance.

So tough, in fact, that a series-sealing dunk sometimes turns in to a boring, old layup. That’s what happened to Manu Ginobili last night. From the San Antonio Express News:

As Ginobili glided alone toward the basket late in the Spurs’ 87-81 Game 4 victory Monday, no defender within 50 feet of him, Stephen Jackson hoped his teammate recalled the lesson of Game 1.

“The older you get, the more you understand,” Jackson said. “Two points is two points.”

Meaning: No dunks, Manu. Just lay it up. Nice and easy-like. [...]

Ginobili was all alone, much as he had been in Game 1 when he botched a wide-open dunk attempt that opened him to team-wide ridicule for more than a week.

This time, he went for the soft, safe layup.

“I didn’t want to risk anything, really,” Ginobili said.

It’s like they always say — better safe than sorry. When your legs are 68 years old and have failed you a little more than a week ago, sometimes you just have turn the opportunity for a highlight in to an anticlimactic ending to a pretty boring series.

Taking something potentially exciting and making it boring but effective is just classic Spurs. It’s like these guys can’t stop being themselves.

Comments (8)

  1. Manu Ginobili. Rocking the same bald spot since 2003.

  2. The Spurs- perhaps the best team in the NBA and also the most boring and least interesting. What a yawn!!! I will only root for the Heat or the Celtics if it is against the Spurs….. wait…. F that I’d root for the Spurs!

    Knicks are going to do it though!!! MILPCAT (Most Improbable Legendary Playoff Comeback of All Time)!!!!!

    • Rob as someone who attended games 3 and 4 and really hopes there is a game six to go to, I definitely share your enthusiasm. However I sadly do not share your confidence. I even talked myself into a scenario where Lin plays game 5 and shows the Heat enough of a different look(pick and roll, less iso) that they may catch them off guard, we (the garden crowd) could will the Knicks to victory in six, and who knows what may happen in seven. I smacked myself in the face with reality even before Lin was ruled out. The Heat are too good and we aren’t ready. Yet. I still hope with every fiber of my being, but I’m not quite sure I believe.

    • They’re boring because they’re good…

      Your Knicks are entertaining because they mmostly suck.

      There you have it.
      Besides, Manu and Parker are spectacular players, I’d much rather watch them than ‘Melo’s isos.

      • I don’t think it’s that they are boring because they are good. The show time Lakers sure weren’t boring,they were good. I think it’s more that they are good because they are boring.

  3. Yeah, that took a lot of excitement out of that win, but then Manu makes up for it with something like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isG5sMsg1D0

  4. Manu Ginobili es el jugador que tiene el IQ Basketbolistico mas alto de toda la NBA.
    Check out this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vPGzF1SOKs

    • In particular, make sure you check out the play at 4:24- Manu does this ridiculous Maradona-like one-man fast break. He’s so good he just makes people look stupid sometimes.

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