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Manu Ginobili hopes he made Gregg Popovich proud with Game 4 win

Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili

When Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin passed away after an extended battle with an illness it really shook the NBA community, and the San Antonio Spurs players and coaches were no different.

Some players like Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have known Erin for upwards of twenty years so they took the passing especially hard.

In Game 3 the Spurs looked flat and they ended up losing big. In Game 4 it was a different story with the Spurs coming out strong and the leader of that charge was Manu Ginobili. He looked the Manu of old putting up 15 points, five assists, and three rebounds.

In his postgame interview with ESPN, he was asked about the challenge that playing with heavy hearts was having on the team.

“It’s a tough challenge¬†we have never been through this type of adversity before. Our leader is struggling so we are trying to respond and play as if he were here and hopefully he keeps pushing us home.”

For the Spurs, their backs are still against the wall but they are at least still alive and that is all they can ask for at this point of the season.

The Spurs and the Warriors will next face off on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. It is still unclear if coach Popovich will be back to coach in that game.