Manu Ginobili shows no sign of aging

The victory gave San Antonio a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set for Memphis on Thursday night.
By Carmelo Sheppard | Apr 29, 2017
 

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But Patty Mills described the extra kick provided by the inspired play of 39-year-old Manu Ginobili as the "grandpa juice" that fueled the San Antonio Spurs' reserves to high-octane production in the team's 116-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs.

The victory gave San Antonio a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set for Memphis on Thursday night.

"He brought that grandpa juice, [which] is what I call it, and we all followed," Mills said. "It's inspiring. We shouldn't wait for him to do that before we get into gear. But it really is inspiring when you see him dive on the ball, putting his body on the line, hard drives, hard cuts. It gets us all going. We shouldn't need that to get going, but he's a hell of a player, hell of a competitor. It trickles down, and we feed on it for sure."

Make no mistake: Of this group of bench players that outscored Memphis' reserves 46-30, Mills owns the title of hero, having knocked down 5-of-7 from deep for the game, including 4-of-4 for 12 points in the fourth quarter, as he finished with a career postseason-high 20 points.

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