鬼之火鍋Manu Ginobili

如果馬刺上次贏雷霆,靠Manu Ginobili的「鬼之放槍」是僥倖的話,那麼馬刺今天(2月24日)再勝雷霆,所靠Manu的「鬼之火鍋」絕對是貨真價實。

 

馬刺本季和複製「馬刺經驗」的雷霆對戰,場場陷入苦戰,11月14日首戰在主場即以98:101吞敗,1月13日第2戰廝殺至延長賽,馬刺才以109:108破了雷霆主場優勢。

 

今天第3度對戰也是纏鬥至第4節才分出勝負,尤其終場前2分55秒馬刺後來居上僅以86:85領先時,雷霆一哥Kevin Durant正欲完成快攻雙手灌籃之際,只見Manu從後追趕上來,並伸出鬼之左手硬是在球即將灌進籃框前將它搧了出來。

 

在完成這記神出鬼沒的「鬼之火鍋」後,Manu隨後在終場前2分10秒又補上1記關鍵三分球,將領先差距拉大至4分,奠定勝基,終場便以95:87讓先前拉出9連勝氣勢的雷霆,苦吞2連敗,並讓Durant只得21分,終止神乎其技的連續29場得分逾25分紀錄。

 

雷霆教練Scott Brooks再度指出Manu是主宰勝負的英雄,不,Brooks說的是「超級」英雄,他說:「That block in transition, that's superhero. It's amazing that he constantly makes winning plays. He was terrific. He knows he hasn't played well against us the last two times we played... I don't know, he makes those plays that aren't normal.

 

Brooks意指:「即使Manu過去2戰和雷霆打得並不好,但是他一再上演致勝paly,上次對戰即使『鬼之放槍』10投盡墨,但是終場關鍵救球,將馬刺從鬼門關拉了回來,這次快攻火鍋更是超級英雄,我不知道該說什麼,這些play都非比尋常。」

 

Brooks最後總結,只能認栽地表示:「He's Manu. He's just a winner. He's special.」Manu就是Manu,天生贏家,天不凡!

 

Durant也被Manu蓋得心服口服:「I knew he was around, but I didn't know he was going to jump and get it. All clean, I can't take credit away from him. He made a great block. When I was at the rim, he just met me there, his hand was inside the rim and he got it.

 

Durant意指:「我知道Manu在我身旁,但是我不知道會跳,而且還蓋到火鍋,這球蓋得很乾淨,我無法否認他的表現,他蓋了1記偉大的火鍋,當我正要灌進籃框前,Manu趕了上來蓋個正著。」

 

這就是Manu,往往在出奇不意情況下上演讓人難以置信的play,即使馬刺Gregg Popovich一再說:「Manu做什麼事都不會再讓我感到不可思議了!」但是我相信,這記「鬼之火鍋」必定又一次撼動表情向來冷酷宛如昔日蘇聯特務Popovich的內心深處。

 

Popovich也再次盛讚:「Manu through the years has gotten an offensive rebound, made a cut to the basket, got a steal, hit a three, or made a save that ends up winning the game for us. He just has an innate knack for knowing what it's going to take to win the game.

 

Popovich意指:「這麼多年以來,Manu常靠進攻籃板、切入上籃、抄截、三分球,甚至救球來終結比賽,替我們贏得勝利,Manu就是有著那種知道如何贏得比賽的天賦。」

 

馬刺老大哥Tim Duncan同樣也說話了:「Manu was unbelievable. He put us on his back and took us over the top.」Manu太神了,他將勝負扛在肩上,帶領我們越過難關。

 

看了上述這些讚美,Manu的想法其實並沒有這麼「美」,在蓋Durant這球時,他所想的是:「I was more expecting to be dunked on. I really thought I was going to be on the highlights. His highlight.

 

Manu意指「我是比較認為自己會被Durant灌在頭上而非蓋到他的火鍋然後成了晚間ESPN體育中心NBA精彩剪輯的一部分成為Durant精彩剪輯的犧牲者。」

 

Manu還解釋:「He's really long, very athletic. So I went up to see what would happen. Of course I wasn't going to let him score an easy two.」意指他只是試試看而已,Durant人高手長,體能又好,先跳再看會發生什麼事,就是不想讓Durant輕鬆灌籃拿到2分而已。

 

「鬼之火鍋」就這樣發生了,這記火鍋的重要性,不只是讓馬刺贏球而已,也讓下半季季後賽卡位戰再燃起信心。

 

此話怎麼說,馬刺往來都有慢熱的現象,但是本季不僅慢熱,而且毫無熱開跡象,往年都靠1月底至2月中年度客場長征打出佳績後,一路衝刺到季後賽,今年年度客場長征戰績只有4勝4負,而且最後2戰是作客東區C段班的七六人與活塞,全吞敗仗,可說是狼狽返回主場。

 

然後馬刺接下來所面對的對手,從雷霆起,每支都是勝率達5成球隊,依序還有火箭、太陽、黃蜂(2場)、灰熊與騎士,稍不小心即可能從目前西區第7名B段班位置,跌到8強之外的C段班行列。

 

所以Manu不敢沾沾自喜,甚至很警覺地表示:「"We've had some [wins] like this before where it looked like we were going to start being who we're supposed to be, and then it didn't happen. We got to stay humble and keep working hard.」

 

Manu意指:「在此之前,我們也有類似驚奇贏球,感覺一切即將扭轉頹勢,由衰轉盛,但是後來並未發生,所以我們仍須戰戰兢兢,持續苦練。」

 

Manu說的沒錯,上次「鬼之放槍」拿下勝利,也讓人感覺馬刺要甦醒了,可是卻事與願違,馬刺接下來6戰苦吞5敗,迄今18戰10負,反觀雷霆在被「鬼之放槍」撂倒後,迄今18戰12勝,目前仍以半場之差領先馬刺,居西區第6。

 

當然,贏球還是讓馬刺很高興,尤其Manu的狀況愈打愈好,經歷開季前3個多月,單月平均得分都未逾13.4分的平凡表現後,2月起強力加溫,本月9戰平均19.4分,另添4.4助攻與3.8籃板,投籃命中率達4成8。

 

Manu回溫,也讓先前只靠Tim Duncan苦撐的窘況略為改善,現在讓人頭痛的是控衛Tony Parker,先前足底肌膜炎仍未癒,現在臀肌又拉警報,打打停停,表現也大打折扣,傲人的「Big 3」勝利方程式根本無法有效施展開來。

 

現在的馬刺處境艱難,不能只靠Manu一再變出神鬼把戲贏球,一定要有更多隊友挺身而出,否則今年很可能又會重蹈上季在「Duncan時代」首度有Duncan在陣,仍在季後賽首輪出局的覆轍。

Published 25-02-2010 11:18 by 艾迪
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