Manu Ginobili will be rested up and energized for the NBA Finals, which start Thursday night. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The San Antonio Spurs are resting while the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers fight a spot in the NBA Finals. The time off has been good for Manu Ginobili, who has struggled to stay healthy this year.
Ginobili, 35, told the San Antonio Express-News that he hasn't felt this healthy at any point this season. Back spasms kept Ginobili out from the first two games of the season, and the problems kept coming from there. He missed games in January with a left hamstring strain, re-aggravated the hamstring in February, and then strained his right hamstring in April.
Now, Ginobili feels energized and is ready for the Finals, which start on Thursday.
From the Post-Express:
“I felt really good in training camp, coming from the Olympics in great shape,” said Ginobili, the Spurs' No. 4 scorer (11.5 points per game) in the postseason. “Then I had this first problem, and everything started to get screwed up."
Tony Parker believes Ginobili's health could not have improved at a better time.
"I feel that Manu has saved his best for last,” he said. “I can feel a big Finals for him. That would be nice. We're definitely going to need it.”