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Manu Ginobili (foot) is banking on the Spurs' experience as a factor that will help them beat the Heat.

The Spurs enter Tuesday's Game 3 having lost home-court advantage to the Heat, but Ginobili's confidence isn't shaken. "We know they are not unbelievable," Ginobili said. "They are a great team. But we've done it before." Ginobili is averaging 17.5 points, 2.5 3-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.0 steals so far in the NBA Finals and the Spurs will need him to continue his strong play if they have any chance of de-throning the champs.

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Manu Ginobili ran the point for much of Saturday's 112-107 win over the Thunder in Game 6, scoring 15 points with six boards, five assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

He hit a huge 3-pointer with less than one minute left, but missed a buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime. Cory Joseph couldn't quite get things going on offense while Patty Mills was a bit careless, so it was Manu's responsibility to handle the ball. If Tony Parker (ankle) needs to miss more time, Manu will have a lot on his shoulders. Game 1 of the NBA Finals will take place on June 5 in San Antonio.

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Manu Ginobili was magnificent during Game 5's blowout 117-89 win on Thursday, making 7-of-9 from the field for 19 points with four boards, six assists, three 3-pointers and no turnovers.

The Spurs have won their three games in this series by a total of 80 points, which makes this one of the more puzzling series in recent memory. Ginobili was a surgeon with the ball and the Spurs offense was running like clockwork. The Spurs had a efficient true shooting percentage of 63.3 tonight and are basically impossible to beat when they're at their best.

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Manu Ginobili (foot) is warming up to play in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Contrary to coach Gregg Popovich saying Ginobili is out for the season, the 36-year-old guard will be giving it a go. He scored 23 points in Game 3 and he should be a huge part of the second unit again as the Spurs look to take a 3-1 lead.

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Manu Ginobili (sore left foot) is expected to play in Tuesday's Game 4 in Oklahoma City.

Gregg Popovich continues to be coy about Manu's status, but beat writer Jeff McDonald described the injury as a "nuisance" and it didn't prevent Manu from scoring 23 points in Game 3, so the Spurs' sixth-man should be ready to go.

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Gregg Popovich said after Sunday's game that Manu Ginobili will "be fine" after leaving late in the fourth quarter, before jokingly adding, "Or he's out for the rest of the playoffs."

Pop laughed at his own joke, which was a take on Thunder coach Scott Brooks' debunked claim that Serge Ibaka (calf) would miss the rest of the postseason. Manu scored a team-high 23 points before exiting very late in the game and it's not even clear what caused him to have a slight limp, so we're considering him probable for Game 4 on Tuesday.

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Manu Ginobili sank 6-of-9 shots from downtown to finish the Spurs' Game 3 defeat with a team-high 23 points, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes, but he limped into the locker room late in the fourth quarter.

He scored 20 points in the first half alone, including a very tough 3-pointer just before halftime, but other than Manu the Spurs' offense was stuck in mud all night. They shot 39.6 percent as a team with a mere seven free throw attempts until the game's final minutes, squandering Manu's excellent game in a 97-106 road loss. It's unclear if an injury caused Ginobili's early exit, but we'll pass along any details as they become available.

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Manu Ginobili is averaging only 8.5 points on 26.3 percent shooting vs. the Trail Blazers in the second round, but his lack of production hasn't alarmed coach Gregg Popovich.

"It's just the way it is, sometimes somebody doesn't shoot well," Pop said. Manu is a combined 1-of-10 outside of the paint in the Spurs' previous two games, but he'll look to turn things around in Wednesday's potentially series-clinching Game 5 in San Antonio.

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Manu Ginobili finished with two points on 1-of-6 shotting from the field during Monday's Game 4 loss to Portland.

This is the second time in four games that Ginobili has only scored two points, which drops his series average to 8.5 points on 26 percent field goal shooting. "He hasn't shot it well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, "but that's just the way it is. Sometimes somebody doesn't shoot well." Ginobili had one of the most productive series of his career against the Mavericks in the first round, so his second round struggles don't look to be something that will last very long.

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Manu Ginobili scored 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting (1-of-6 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal as the Spurs' held off the Mavs to win Game 4 in Dallas on Monday.

Tony Parker (10 points, 5-of-14 FGs, three assists) has been mostly MIA this series and along with substandard play by Danny Green (two points, 15 minutes) and Tim Duncan (6-of-16 FGs, 14 points, 10 boards, one block) there was barely enough offense to keep from going down 3-1. Boris Diaw came up big with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three treys, and Tiago Splitter double-doubled with 10 and 12 in the win.