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Manu Ginobili’s 5 Greatest Gifts

Dec 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) gestures to a spot on the court against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated San Antonio 97-94. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) gestures to a spot on the court against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated San Antonio 97-94. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) reacts to a foul call during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Today we celebrate Manu Ginobili’s 39th Birthday. Over his 14 year career, there have been a lot of ups and downs in Ginobili’s storied career with San Antonio.

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Ginobili has brought a lot of energy and unselfish play to the Spurs over the years. Ginobili is a spark plug for San Antonio and has been a key player of the bench during their title runs.

There have been times when Ginobili would make a play that would cause one to scratch their heads but you cannot deny the fact that he is a competitor and leaves it all on the floor. From his behind-the-back passes, to bounce passes, to ridiculous maneuvers to get himself to the basket, he is contortionist.

I’m not considering his games on this list, just individual plays.  I could do 20 gifts/plays, but I made myself narrow it down to the cream of the crop.

Next: The Midnight Miracle

The Midnight Miracle – Golden State Warriors Game 1 2013. Well after midnight with the Spurs down by one in double-overtime, the Spurs came back from down 16 with less than four minutes left in regulation. Ginobili would deliver a game winner that will live on forever.

Next: Quieting The Thunder

Quieting the Thunder –  Oklahoma City Thunder Game 6 2014. With the Spurs trailing by two points with 32 seconds left, Ginobili delivers a game saving dagger. The Spurs would go on to win the game in overtime and advance to the Finals.

Next: Setting The Suns

Setting the Suns – Phoenix Suns Game 1 2008. After an incredible Spurs comeback, Ginobili seals the deal in double-overtime.

Next: Throwback Manu Ginobili

Throwback Manu Ginobili – Miami Heat Game 5 2014. Ginobili turns back the clock and slams it over Chris Bosh right after sinking a 3-pointer, and the route was on for the Spurs 5th and sweetest Championship.

Next: International Manu Ginobili

International Manu Ginobili – In the 2004 Olympics, Ginobili hits an amazing shot to beat Serbia. I know this wasn’t as a Spur player, but I root for Ginobili always, and this was a clutch dagger that cannot be left out!

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