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Respect Your Elders!

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The San Antonio Spurs are always a threat to teams in the NBA playoffs and a big reason for that is the veteran leadership on the team. We’re not talking about any old leaders either. The famed trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will come out and leave it all on the floor. Thanks to their great efforts, San Antonio holds a 2-0 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals. It is clear that although these future hall-of-famers are climbing the age ladder, they want another championship to add to their collection.

By combining sound defense and teamwork on the offensive end, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili know how to get the job done. Sure, all three of these players’ numbers have dwindled but there is no denying their heart and determination! Duncan, who turned 37 in April, is like a defensive anchor down in the paint. Duncan came up with 4 big blocks in the Spurs’ 93-89 win in game 2 against the Grizzlies. On the other hand, Parker made his mark on the offensive side of the floor by tallying 18 assists in game 2. Ginobili is not the same maestro on offense that he once was but is a big part of the team’s success because of his knowledge and crafty playmaking ability. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are all over the age of 30 but don’t think that they are soft because these savvy veterans are putting on a display of physicality against Memphis! San Antonio is riding high so far in the series and a lot of credit has to go to Great Grandpa Timmy(37), Uncle Tony(31) and Grandpa Manu(35) of the bunch.

 

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