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San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili
With the elimination of the No. 1-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder by the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs are the highest-ranked team remaining in the Western Conference playoffs.
Leading the Golden State Warriors 3-2, the Spurs appear to be in the driver's seat toward a conference championship.
To ultimately win the NBA title, however, the Spurs must continue to combine their championship experience with a collectively youthful performance from the original Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
While Duncan and Parker have been consistent All-Stars throughout the 2012-13 campaign, it has been Ginobili who stepped up his postseason performance the most.
But while the 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists he's averaging in the playoffs are improvements in each category over the regular season, Ginobili would need to be that same difference-maker he was during the Spurs' title years of 2003, 2005 and 2007 to win again in 2013.
If he is able to channel that youthful dominance down the stretch, the Spurs have a chance to beat anybody.