2016-17 Season review: Manu Ginobili
At age 39, any production from Manu Ginobili would be considered a bonus. Despite his age, he still managed to have his moments. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game. Ginobili shot 38 percent overall from the field, and 39 percent from behind the arch. His points and minutes were career-lows and his shooting percentages slipped, but he worked on the defensive end and led the team in charges taken.
After a decent regular season, Ginobili's playoff performances were lackluster. In the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies, he saw his minutes diminish as he struggled to score. He missed his first 19 attempts, and could not make up for it defensively. However, he was able to turn it around some in Game 5. He posted 10 points, three assists and three steals, which was undoubtedly his best stat line in the postseason.
In another Game 5, this time against the Houston Rockets, Ginobili made a play that will be remembered forever. The game went to overtime, and the Spurs held a 3-point lead with 9.3 seconds remaining. As time was running down, James Harden went up for a 3-pointer to tie the game. However, Ginobili was there to swat his shot and seal the game.
In the conference finals, the Spurs could not avoid the injury bug. With Leonard's injury, the team fought hard for the remainder of the series. Unfortunately, it just was not enough. In Game 4, Ginobili got the start and received appreciation from the crowd throughout the game. In what could have been his final game, he finished with 15 points, seven assists and one rebound.
Even with all the retirement speculation, it is possible he will decide to return for one more year. Until then, appreciating all he has done in Silver and Black is always appropriate.