On Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs will face a young Oklahoma City Thunder team to open their Western Conference Finals series.
Both teams have played extremely well as of late.
The Spurs have won 18 straight, sweeping their first two playoff series against the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers respectively.
The Thunder on the other hand, have dethroned the defending champions Dallas Mavericks in a sweep and dispatched the Los Angeles Lakers in convincing fashion.
This series is proving to be a good one. However, despite the Spurs playing like a well-oiled machine, Manu Ginobili hopes to get his touch back against the Thunder.
Ginobili is coming off his second straight poor-shooting series, going 17-of-42 in the second-round sweep of the Clippers.
That included a 6-of-21 showing from 3-point range that dropped his playoff percentage to 25.7 percent (9-of-35).
Asked after practice Wednesday to gauge his confidence level in his jump shot, Ginobili said: "Not the best it's been."
"I wasn't worried against Utah (in the first round), because I didn’t take many (shots)," Ginobili said. "Against the Clippers, I took a few open, and they didn't go in."
In eight games this postseason, Manu is averaging 11.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game, it is his lowest scoring average since his rookie season.
Nonetheless, San Antonio's Argentine guard is looking at it as fresh start.
"This is a whole new story, a new series, and we don't care about what happened against Utah or the Clippers," Ginobili said. "Hopefully, I start off on the right foot."
With an upcoming series against a young, hungry and talented squad, the Spurs hope so too.
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