"Second Chance" - Bill Schoening & Friends album.
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Bill surrounded by his stats man, Walter Stoops and the radio network engineer, Eddie Morris.
It's no big secret that the Spurs did not play their best basketball down the stretch of the regular season. A lack of consistency at both ends of the floor hampered the Spurs, who offered no excuses for their struggles.
Since health was a primary concern, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich opted to be cautious with players who were battling bumps and bruises. Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker were held out of games to make sure they didn't aggravate a variety of ailments. Guard Manu Ginobili, the prime catalyst for a second unit that is usually very productive, could only sit and wait while rehabilitating a troublesome hamstring strain that had sidelined him from March 29th until Wednesday night's season finale.
Ginobili was encouraged by his 12 minute cameo against Minnesota, as was his head coach. Ginobili said, "I felt very good. I was a little tired because I've been lifting a lot. The point where the tear was felt great. Conditiong wise, I played only 12 minutes, but those 12 minutes felt great." The highlight of Ginobili's night was a picture perfect bounce pass to a streaking Tim Duncan for a fast break basket. Ginobili says he will use the days prior to the Lakers' series to practice and work futher on conditioning. A healthy and spry Ginobili could instill confidence in his teammates.
Team captain Tim Duncan says, "Obviously, Manu's wind isn't going to be there yet, but he felt good and that was great. We haven't played well in the past couple of games, but we're in the playoffs, and we got some time for Manu (in the Minnesota game) and now we're mostly whole for the first time in a long time. We're ready to go so we'll start from there."
For the Spurs, having their valuable sixth man back in uniform and making plays could make all the difference.