MIAMI, Fla. – Fans inside the American Airlines Arena in Miami showed Spurs guard Manu Ginobili some appreciation late in San Antonio’s 117-100 win over the Heat on Tuesday night.
Head coach Gregg Popovich substituted Ginobili out of the game with 1:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Ginobili received a standing ovation and loud cheers from many of the fans in attendance. The cheers could be heard during the game broadcast on Fox Sports.
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Ginobili was asked after the game what he felt during that moment.
“It’s always great when it happens on the road, and in Miami, I’m kind of spoiled here because there are always so many Argentinians,” said Ginobili. “Every time I come, I see all those Argentinians here to support me and it feels like home. It’s great and of course, I am thankful.”
Ginobili scored 14 points as the Spurs improved to 4-0 on the season.
It will be San Antonio’s only game at Miami unless the Spurs and Heat meet in the NBA Finals.
It was a Manu Gonna Manu kinda night. pic.twitter.com/mUX0zjPvf8— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 26, 2017
Ginobili is in his 16th season with the Spurs. He decided to return for at least one more year with the team after contemplating retirement during the offseason.
Ginobili has not announced if this season would be he his last with the Silver & Black.