Spurs legend Manu Ginobili to take time over future

Golden State were 129-115 winners against San Antonio on Monday for a 4-0 series victory in the Western Conference finals.

But the veteran guard, who turns 40 in July, said he planned to let the dust settle on his latest season before deciding on his future in the National Basketball Association. With the Cleveland Cavaliers balling in the East, we could be heading towards a third straight Cavalier-Warrior clash in the Finals as well. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Ginobili left the game in the final minutes to chants of "Manu, Manu" and "one more year".

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tossed in a little starting-lineup wrinkle by inserting veteran Manu Ginobili in his starting five, and Brown countered with the starting of rookie forward Patrick McCaw. "We started him tonight out of respect", Popovich said. "If he's unable to play yesterday, I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow". Obviously, it's up to him how much longer he wants to go. "To get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, we've got to be better on both ends of the floor".

Kyle Anderson led the Spurs with 20 points from the bench. "We have an incredible team, well-coached, we're ready".

His stance was reiterated by coach Mike Brown who believes the team can still improve and avoid blowing up a 3-1 lead like they did last season in the finals.

"I'm getting closer and closer (to the end of my playing career)", Ginobili told reporters after the game.

If Mills joins Philadelphia, who have some room to move in the salary cap, he would link up with highly regarded No. 1 draft pick and fellow Australian Ben Simmons.

The point so far really isn't how great the Warriors have looked in this postseason, because at times, including this game, they haven't looked super. They would have preferred a sweep, though, as now they'll face supremely talented, and well rested Golden State team. That doesn't necessarily mean the player, just trying to make them go to a second or third option in the set and also trying to cover that. The biggest difference is the addition of Durant, who left Oklahoma City in the offseason to sign with Golden State. Aldridge was twice held to eight points in the conference finals, including a 7-for-17 effort in Game 4.

Warriors have won 27 of their past 28 overall games (including the regular season) and have won six straight road playoff games, a franchise record.

  • Julie Sanders