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After Monday night's epic conclusion, Charles Barkley wasn't the only one screaming Manu Ginobili's name.
The veteran shooting guard came through in the closing seconds, as he has done so many time before.
Even in the latter stages of his career, Ginobili is still reliable in the clutch, capable of singlehandedly taking over a game, and a dependable distributor when others are in need of assistance.
Oh yeah—he also comes off the bench.
Assuming the role that has characterized him over the course of his career, Ginobili's presence as the sixth man gives the Spurs an advantage over any opposing squad. Despite being worthy of a starting spot, Ginobili has found a home in the second unit, where he has helped to build one of the strongest second units in the league.
Golden State's bench may feature the third-highest vote receiver for this year's Sixth Man of the Year award, but Ginobili's play in the first game eclipsed that of Jarrett Jack.
The rest of the Warriors bench is also inferior to the Spurs', with depth beyond the first few substitutions being a monumental issue.
The Spurs, however, can always rely on their second unit to succeed, and in a fast-paced series, having the stronger bench will be a primary factor in deciding the winner.