Manu Ginobili 'Devastated' After Spurs' Crushing Game 6 Defeat to Miami

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 18:  Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs loses the ball as he drives between Ray Allen #34 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in overtime during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After the San Antonio Spurs let a championship slip just out of their fingers in Game 6 as the Miami Heat came back and took a 103-100 victory in overtime Tuesday night, Manu Ginobili stands out.

Ginobili was miserable in the potential NBA Finals clincher, his team having entered with a 3-2 series lead. He fumbled away a career-high eight turnovers, including a shot knocked out of his hands and into Ray Allen's with just under two seconds remaining in overtime, and let his frustration show.

After Allen knocked down his free throws and Danny Green's desperation three-pointer was blocked by Chris Bosh, the Spurs were forced to tuck their tail between their collective legs and regroup for a Game 7 in Miami Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Spurs, Ginobili didn't exactly exude confidence in the postgame press conference.

"I have no clue how we're going to be re-energized [for Game 7]. I'm devastated." Manu Ginobili

— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) June 19, 2013

While Ginobili argued on the court that his final turnover was forced by a foul, that doesn't take away the other seven cough-ups he had in Game 6. Or the minus-21 rating he posted with his nine points and three assists.

The fact remains that he was utterly terrible in the most important game of the season for the Spurs, and you could even argue that he's directly responsible for them not winning a championship on Tuesday night.

San Antonio held a four-point lead with less than 30 seconds left in the game, and Ginobili went to the line to give the Spurs a six-point advantage that would be borderline insurmountable.

He made just one of two free throws (same as Kawhi Leonard a few seconds later), LeBron James and Ray Allen hit three-pointers, and on to overtime we went.

Regardless of what Ginobili said after the loss, he and the Spurs will have to find a way to get re-energized. Otherwise the Heat could run away with a championship that was so nearly headed to San Antonio.