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Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich, Kent Bazemore offer great breakdown of Spurs’ game-winner

Dan Devine
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Kent Bazemore's closeout is just a little late. (D. Clarke Evans/NBA/Getty Images)

We've already talked quite a bit about the game-winning 3-pointer that Manu Ginobili nailed in double overtime to push the San Antonio Spurs past the Golden State Warriors to a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series. Let's let three people involved in the play talk about it in their own words, thanks to the great Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

Ginobili on the play that led to his game-winning shot, which came after he'd missed his last seven shots and gone 4 for 19 to that point: "I wasn't even an option. They told me to go screen and stay far away from the play."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on how his feelings toward Ginobili changed before and after the shot: "I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow."

Ginobili's breakfast order: "I'll have an omelet with mushroom."

(He didn't get it.)

Warriors guard Kent Bazemore, whose closeout came up just short, on how Ginobili went from not "even an option" to the go-to place for Kawhi Leonard's inbounds pass: "We left him butt naked."

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