San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is playing out the last few chapters of his career in the NBA. Although his contributions to the Spurs over the years are undeniable — he’s won 4 NBA titles — Ginobili has definitely showed his age the last two seasons. But during a pivotal game 5 matchup versus the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs, the 39-year-old showed he’s still got some gas left in the tank.
With Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out with an ankle injury for most of the game, Ginobili stepped up and made several clutch shots late in the game to keep his team close. In the dying seconds of overtime, with the Spurs trying to hold on to a 3-point lead, Ginobili made a defensive play that ended the Rockets’ hopes of a comeback.
Just as Rockets star James Harden went up to shoot a potential game-tying three pointer, Ginobili came up from behind and completely stuffed his attempt.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2017
The Spurs won the game and took a 3-2 lead in their series against the Rockets.
Soon, people were calling for a new NBA logo:
— Jason K Heffner (@JasonKHeffner1) May 10, 2017
And rewriting history:
— ᴀɴᴅɪ ʟᴏʀᴇᴅᴏ (@andiloredo) May 10, 2017
Some wondered how Ginobili’s old teammate, Tim Duncan, would react:
Tim Duncan reacting to Manu Ginobili's game winning block on James harden. ?
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) May 10, 2017
Others reimagined this iconic barbershop scene from “Coming to America.”
"Manu Ginobili came from behind to block James Harden's shot in overtime! The man was 76 years old!" pic.twitter.com/ilpQHZOxmW
— Claude Cooper (@dcmadness202) May 10, 2017
What was Ginobili thinking during the game? Here’s some speculation:
Everyone but Spurs fans: Spurs are old, slow, & boring….
Ginobili: te lo sico pic.twitter.com/sqQ0HKdsF7
— jenn.c (@j_chapa15) May 10, 2017
Ginobili’s block was so savage Twitter user @brohsen suggested Harden had to lose a little of his beard:
harden gotta shave his beard and donate to ginobli's bald spot after that block
— brohsen (@brohsen) May 10, 2017
Not only were people praising Ginobili…
MANU GINOBILI vs JAMES HARDEN descripción gráfica ???? pic.twitter.com/iLIxHl3eiT
— The NBA Monster (@TheNBAMonster) May 10, 2017
They were also roasting Harden:
Sums up Harden this game pic.twitter.com/nmTMxiE12O
— NBA (@NBAEVERYTHlNG) May 10, 2017
Did Harden choke? That’s up for debate. That block? Picture perfect.
Harden: Yep, that's me. You are probably wondering how I ended up in this situation… pic.twitter.com/pWlxGdEefm
— Thunder Digest (@Thunder_Digest) May 10, 2017
The emotion of the close game was too much for some people…
After Ginobili blocked Harden, my heart couldn't take it. pic.twitter.com/692eJ46z3q
— davielli (@trillteacher) May 10, 2017
For others, it just confirmed that Ginobili status as a Spurs legend should never be questioned.
— Abby Abrego (@hogprincess2009) May 10, 2017
The Spurs and the Rockets will face off again on Thursday, May 11 in Houston and, if needed, Sunday May 14 in San Antonio.