therealdeal wrote: Finwë wrote:
therealdeal wrote:The man is seriously just a corpse at this point. I'd almost venture to say he's a distraction to the Spurs.
I hope you're kidding. Obviously he's been injured a lot, but still, when healthy he's about their most valuable player in terms of the change of dynamic he represents and his uncanny ability of making big plays when it counts the most..
Actually I think that player has been Tony Parker for the last two years. Manu's injuries are so frequent now that he's hardly in the lineup at all. And even when he is, he's not what he used to be. He's not the guy that was able to thoroughly confuse Laker defenses years ago.
He's still a terrific player, but certainly not what he was. The distraction bit was a joke sure, but he's not the soul of the team like he used to be.
I agree with most of what you said, except about Parker. Parker is their MVP in the regular season. Not the post-season. Look at the WCF. Parker struggled big time in key games. It was Ginobili who was making the difference. Ginobili plays better D than Parker, he's way more clutch, and he's got a knack for making the right play at the right time.
The Spurs obviously need both of them, bad. But IMO Ginobili is their "X" factor, the key to the team success. If he's healthy, he makes them VERY dangerous. Parker may be the PG, but we all know that when it counts the most, the offense is ran through Ginobili. He's the go-to guy in big possessions and in big games.