This is one weird series. Just when you thought LeBron and Wade had figured out how to circumvent the Spurs defensive trickery, they throw up another stink bomb and get beat by double-digits again (and that 10-point margin was flattering). To be fair, Game 5 was more about Tony and Manu than LeBron and Wade. The Spurs duo combined for 40 points on 18-28 shooting and 15 assists, and made countless big bucket after bucket when the Spurs needed it.
For Manu, this game came out of nowhere – his best of the playoffs at a time everyone was questioning his effort, and suggesting an early retirement. It was a potent reminder that the Spurs Big 3 are still a force to be reckoned with, and that on any given night you just don’t know who is going to step up in that Spurs uniform. Tonight it was Manu and Boris Diaw. That’s not a typo.
The Spurs supporting cast was again excellent. Danny Green continues to shoot like Dan Majerle in NBA Live 95 (he was 6-10 in this game), and now owns the record for most threes in a Finals series. Seriously, if someone had told you that before the series would you have believed them?