Talk about turning back the clock. 39-year-old San Antonio Spurs living legend Manu Ginobili forgot about his age in the closing moments of his team’s Game 5 overtime showdown with the Houston Rockets, blocking MVP hopeful James Harden to seal the victory for the black-and-white Texas squad.
— NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2017
It wasn’t just the block for Manu on Tuesday night; his 12 points helped the Spurs survive the loss of its best player, Kawhi Leonard, to a second-half ankle injury. In his 15th postseason appearance, Manu has been relegated to a bit player as the Spurs moved on from their Big Three era (which consisted of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Ginobili), but he can still step up as he did against the Rockets, doing just enough to help his side escape with a victory that puts them one game away from the Western Conference Finals.
On that note, it was the Harden block that truly put an exclamation point on a vintage performance from the Argentine, who may or may not be in his last NBA season but who can still decide games in ways that not many players can. After his instantly iconic rejection, Twitter went wild, as it does, with memes and reactions deep into the night. We’ve collected the best of the best, from alternate history Photoshops to jokes about his charming bald spot.
— Hernán Laurino (@cholito82) May 10, 2017
— TᖇIᒪᒪ GᗩTEᔕ (@djhomicide) May 10, 2017
NBA: James Harden is virtually unguardable.
Manu: "jAmES hARdEn is VirTUaLlY uNgUarDaBLe." pic.twitter.com/J3dIEUIzJZ
— traeshthetic (@speedofyeet) May 10, 2017
Manu: I blocked Harden on the potential game winner and won the game
Manu: Ok bye
Tim: Bye pic.twitter.com/gEkyyd0emz
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@rehabisgoat) May 10, 2017
Tim Duncan reacting to Manu Ginobili's game winning block on James harden.
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) May 10, 2017
"Manu Ginobili came from behind to block James Harden's shot in overtime! The man was 76 years old!" pic.twitter.com/ilpQHZOxmW
— Rod "TSA" Williams (@dcmadness202) May 10, 2017
— News 4 San Antonio (@News4SA) May 10, 2017
Don't say anytbing just RT pic.twitter.com/jvqPSk7gUJ
— Spurs Empire (@SpursEmpire5) May 10, 2017
MANU GINOBILI vs JAMES HARDEN descripción gráfica pic.twitter.com/iLIxHl3eiT
— The NBA Monster (@TheNBAMonster) May 10, 2017
THAT BLOCK WAS CLEANER THAN THE BALD SPOT ON MANU'S HEAD
— Isabel Contreras (@isabelmc_21) May 10, 2017
LMAOOOOOOOOOO YALL MVP GOT SWAT BY 77 YEAR OLD MANU IN A GAME 5 LMAOOOOOOO
— . (@DaveCapone) May 10, 2017