Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 21 points against the Kings during a 94-91 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
The Scoop:He's still playing just 25.9 minutes per game on the season, but has a 25.0 usage rate to go with 26.2 assist percentage while he's on the court. Ginobili isn't the greatest asset in the fantasy world, but he's certainly not the worst.
San Antonio's success has been built on a brotherhood, understanding that relationship building off the court lends itself to cohesion on it. The philosophy has served Gregg Popovich well as players like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have signed contracts below market value to play for a coach they view as somewhat of a father figure . Almost every team imitates this system; few if any duplicate it. On the eve of a Western Conference showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills offered a glimpse behind the curtain, trading barbs on Twitter in that same brotherly vein. The exchange began with an innocuous tweet from Mills, who is still rehabbing from shoulder surgery over this past summer and shared a post-workout photo of his rather impressive 6-foot, 185-pound frame with the caption, "Keep The Passion" and, of course, a fire emoticon.
Manu Ginobili scored 17 points (7-of-17 FGs) and handed out five assists off the bench on Tuesday, adding three 3-pointers and two steals in the Spurs' 113-100 road victory.
The Scoop:Ginobili was listed as questionable to play, since Gregg Popovich thought about resting him, but he wound up playing more minutes than usual with Marco Belinelli (groin) unavailable. The bad news for Manu's fantasy owners is that the Spurs play a pair of back-to-back sets in the near future, on Nov. 14/15 and 21/22, which almost certainly means he'll pick up a DNP-CD.