Playoffs exit could spell retirement for Spurs great Ginobili

The Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the San Antonio Spurs as they advanced to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 36 points and 6 assists, continuing his incredible 2017 NBA Playoffs run in which he's averaging 27.9 points and 5.5 assists.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio.

After mugging the San Antonio Spurs, 129-115, to close out the West final in the minimum number of sanctioned events, the Warriors now wait for the resolution of Cleveland-Boston to begin the final assault on their destiny.

As Manu Ginobili walked off the court in Monday night's clincher for what may be his last time, the San Antonio Spurs crowd erupted into celebration and applause.

Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee.

The biggest difference is the addition of Durant, who left Oklahoma City in the offseason to sign with Golden State.

Facing Cleveland will resurrect chatter of Golden State's collapse in last season's finals, which saw the Cavaliers rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the franchise's first championship.

The versatility of the Warriors was literally on display from the opening tip-off, as the Warriors countered a small Spurs lineup with one of their own featuring Draymond Green at center.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he would not rush Ginobili into making a decision.

"They're really talented, but that's not everything that describes them", Popovich said.

However, here's hoping that the Warriors and Cavs hold serve and make it to the NBA Finals so that we can all watch the two best teams in the league battle for supremacy. He proved that worldwide players were not just spot-up shooters or big men that thrived in the low post.

LaMarcus Aldridge, arguably San Antonio's most important player after injured star forward Kawhi Leonard, scored just eight points and did not play in the fourth quarter. "He said, 'Hey, I love you".

Drafted by San Antonio in 1999, Ginobili did not break into the league until the 2002-03 campaign, but quickly made an impact with his left-handed play-making wizardry.

Kobe Bryant clearly knows good offense when he sees it - even if it isn't the style he played over his illustrious career.

"We've been preaching certain things, and for the most part, they've been doing it, but to get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, we've got to be better on both ends of the floor". "It's about how I feel".

  • Julie Sanders