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Manu Ginobili would prefer to meet Pacers in the Finals

Jun 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Spurs have an extended layoff thanks to taking care of the Memphis Grizzlies with a four game sweep in the Western Conference Finals. As they practice and await the conclusion of the series between the Heat and the Pacers, questions naturally arise as to whether or not the team has a preference in who it would like to face in the championship round.

While most players are usually diplomatic or refuse to answer, Manu Ginobili was fine in coming out and saying that he’d rather see Indiana in the Finals than the defending champions from Miami — but not because he thinks one team would be a better matchup.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

“It’s not that we pull (for Indiana),” he said. “I think this time it’s different than before because the homecourt advantage. It is a big difference. It’s not definitive. It doesn’t mean that whoever has homecourt advantage is going to win. But we all prefer to have a Game 7 at home than on the road if we could get to that point. But besides that, different styles, I think we can match up with both.”

Championship teams usually have to win one or more games on the road, especially in the Finals where the format switches to 2-3-2 in terms of where the games are played.

But Ginobili is right when he says a Game 7 at home is something to be valued, so there’s no shame in his rooting a little bit for the Pacers to come back and win the series, considering it would mean home court advantage for the Spurs in the NBA Finals.

  1. scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    As a Heat fan….No Problem with what Manu says…
    He’s a 3x Champ. he’ s earned the right.

  2. deavn - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Duh. Easier ‘W’ for the Spurs. I’m not saying that the Heat are going to win it all (If they make it to the Finals) because I really don’t know. It’s a coin toss. But it will be one hell of a series if they both play in the Finals. The Spurs will have to work much harder as opposed to playing the Pacers. No disrespect to Indiana, but if I was Manu, I would feel the same way.

  3. funktron2x - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Props to you, scorp. Very classy thing to say. However, can’t agree with other guy’s post. Manu is vanilla and honest in all these kinds of assessments and had been his whole career.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    “In order to be the man, you got to beat the man!” -“Nature Boy” Ric Flair


    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Dude….Really…..You used a Ric Flair quote and couldn’t find a way to include Space Mountain…………………………………What’s wrong with you?

      • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        To all my thumbs downers……….in my best Christopher Walken voice…………. “Have you ever been to Space Mountain?…………” Don’t f%#k with Chris Walken.

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      I agree, and if Indiana wins game 7, they would be “the man!”

  5. gotampabay52 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Nobody wants the Heat in finals beside us Heat fans Go Heat

    • kavika6 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      Nobody wants the Heat in the Finals because if they don’t go we hopefully won’t have to read any more comments from obnoxious Heat fans.

      • raven0024 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        You haters wouldn’t have anything to do with your pathetic lives if the Heat don’t go since your lives revolve around hating the Heat & LeBron.

    • raven0024 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      LETS GO HEAT!!

  6. lastdukestreetking - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    The 2-3-2 format sucks!

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Actually your “2-3-2 format sucks” has absolutely nothing to do with Manu saying he’d root for the Pacers because the Spurs would have a game 7 on their home court. It’s the exact same scenario in a game 7 with a 2-2-1-1-1 format, the Spurs would have game 7 at home in that case also………………………………That being said, even though your comment had no relevance to Manu statement, I must admit that I FULLY agree with you 100%………………………………………….. The 2-3-2 format sucks ass big time!

  7. saint1997 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I think all series should have the 2-3-2 format. It makes for more interesting basketball because the lower seed has a chance of actually being in the series

    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      So what then is the reward for the higher seed…….Just curious.

      • erckle31 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        I think playing a lower seed is a reward in itself for the higher seed, no?

      • saint1997 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        I know it is difficult to incentivise you are right, but i just want a format where it’s more likely there will be an upset. Perhaps a 2-2-1-2 (with the lower seed playing the first two at home)? The home still play 6 and 7 at home but they have to prove themselves on the road as well.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      I like 2-3-2 as well but I don’t see how it benefits the lower seed. Until recently a team had never won all three home games (Heat have now done it twice and the Pistons did it) which means the lower seed always had to win two road games.

      • saint1997 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        I just want a format where it’s more likely there will be an upset. Perhaps a 2-2-1-2 (with the lower seed playing the first two at home)? The home still play 6 and 7 at home but they have to prove themselves on the road as well.

  8. lbrn6 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I don’t like the 2-3-2 format and it’s getting apparent that it is becoming more of a disadvantage after the last couple of years. In a 2-2 situation, like a couple of years ago when the Heat wound up losing Game 5 in Dallas, they ultimately wound up losing the series in 6. Had this been in reverse, that series might have gone to 7 games and the Heat may have not been playing lose in Game 5 at home, because it wasn’t an elimination game for them.

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      My God dude, the Heat did NOT “play loose in game 5” in Miami against Dallas… Game 5 of that series was in Dallas you freak, game 6 then went to Miami when they were down 3-2, and they LOST at home in an elimination game. Grow a brain you friggin’ loser!

  9. whodatnhollywood - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Could this be the first all-ABA title series? San Antonio vs. Indiana. The old ABA fans would take pride in this series.

    • jpa1713 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      No… 2003 NBA finals was the first. Spurs vs Nets

    • kavika6 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      Didn’t it already happen in 2003 with the Spurs and the Nets?

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Actually no, it COULDN’T be the first all-ABA title series. Remember the Spurs v.s. the Nets in 2003, or were still watching world-cup soccer matches? (Geez, some folks just need the keyboard ripped away from them.) But what the heck, in defense of you not being a COMPLETE idiot, it would be the 2nd.

  10. funktron2x - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Hi. This Spurs fan is pulling for Heat. Hope to see your guys Thursday!

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      You’ll see them IF you invite them over to watch game 1 on t.v. with you. Pacers will win, and then GO SPURS!

  11. sportsnut101 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Heat will beat pacers. Even though I’m pulling for pacers but they can’t score n struggle with dumb plays all the time. E

    If I was them I would pound it into hibbert every play. 7’2 shouldn’t be catching ball at free throw line. To far out

    As for Manu. Enjoy going out on top. Spurs won’t resign u Ur injured these days to much. N spurs want d12 they have cap room

    • markisb62 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I’m a HUGE Spurs fan and I agree with you on that point…. Manu MUST go!

  12. theogmaninblack - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Hey Hollywood. You must not be that old otherwise you would have already known that the 1st ALL-ABA series has already been played. San Antonio Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets in 2003.

    The 4 teams that came over from the ABA are:
    San Antonio Spurs
    Indiana Pacers
    New York Nets(then New Jersey, now Brooklyn)
    Denver Nuggets

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