“It’s all about playing the right way, it’s all about building. You can win however many games you want in a row but it’s nothing if you’re not playing the right way. Right now, we’re playing the right way still trying to get better.”
I think it was Rudy Tomjanovich who said, “don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.”
How about our guy Manu Ginobili last night? Well this champ has a huge heart.
Against the Houston Rockets in Game 5, the “old man” came up with a huge defensive play on the game’s last possession.
He blocked James Harden’s potential game-tying three.
Spurs held on 110-107 to take a 3-2 lead as the series shifts to Houston.
Hats off to Manu – the guy came up big last night.
How about the Spurs “assists to turnovers” last night?
24 assists – only 7 turnovers.
Always play the right way.
Following a loss to the Indiana Pacers:
“It was like five or six straight plays of being soft. Soft on getting back on defense, soft on rebounding and getting an outlet pass, just soft. We’ve just got to have a little bit more fight. There’s just not enough fight out there. There’s just not enough.”
Following his 11th triple-double of the season:
“As long as I play the right way and be unselfish and we win games, all that is going to come. I don’t think about it too much. If it happens, it happens and the most important thing is winning and it’s been a total turnaround from last year to this year … so (win) and great things will come.”
“It is not about where we are in the standings, it is about us continuing to fight and play the right way.”
After a 25-point loss to the Golden State Warriors:
“We have to have consistent effort, consistent energy. We have to be able to go out tomorrow and start, hopefully, a slew of games where we can be consistent. It’s our effort, our consistency we have to work on. We go from having a great effort to a medium effort. We go from a great concentration to poor concentration. We have to shore that up. I always felt as a player it was your job to bring your effort. It doesn’t mean the ball is going to go in. It doesn’t mean the pass is going to be perfect, doesn’t mean every defensive assignment is going to go your way. Everything we do there seems to be a definite link between things going well offensively and our effort being higher or things not going well for us offensively and our effort not being good. You can’t be so fragile that your effort depends on if the ball goes in or not.”
“This is a next-game, next possessions, always the next thing. You live in the past when you retire.”