With Al-Farouq Aminu all over him in suffocate mode, Manu Ginobili peeked over his left shoulder at Rudy Gay.
This decision would zip through Ginobili’s thoughts as quickly as his next move.
“I saw Rudy wide open next to me,” Ginobili said, shaking his head. “I said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Not this time.’ I go. I go because I was feeling really well.”
Manu Ginobili becomes the second player aged 40 or older to score 20 points in a game off the bench after scoring 21 in the Spurs’ Friday win over the Suns.
“Just get out of his way,” Gay said. “Manu finds a way to do it each and every night, even at his age. He’s a Hall of Famer, and he showed why tonight.”
Manu Ginobili made all seven of his field goal attempts the Portland Trail Blazers, including four makes in a 10-point fourth quarter. Soobum Im/USA TODAY
Portland immediately called for a timeout after Ginobili’s broke open the game for the Spurs. As Ginobili walked back toward San Antonio’s bench, point guard Dejounte Murray playfully shoved the veteran in acknowledgement of yet another miraculous feat.
Back when the Cavs beat the Knicks at the Garden in November, Kanter took a swipe at James after the game, saying, “I don’t care who you are. What do you call yourself? King, queen, princess, whatever you are. We’re going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
After the Cavs gave up 148 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder — Kanter’s former team — in January, the Knicks center piped up on Twitter again.
“It doesn’t matter,” James said when asked about the possibility of Kanter playing. “It doesn’t matter. I didn’t think much of it. It doesn’t matter who is in the lineup for them. I’m trying to get our guys healthy, and I think we’re getting our point guards back today, so that’s what I’m excited about.”
Any interaction between the two wouldn’t take place on the court, as Kanter has been ruled out because of his back and wrist.
Cavaliers guards George Hill and Jose Calderon are both officially listed as questionable, according to the team. Rodney Hood, who tweaked his Achilles in Philadelphia, is listed as probable.