The second round of the PtR Summer Showdown closes out with a matchup between the lowest two seeds left in the tournament, and it's still going to be a good one.
I's a half-court game in which the scoring increments are 1 point for everything inside the arc and 2 points for everything outside the arc, so long-distance bombers will do well in our tourney. The higher seed starts off with the ball and the first player to 11 points wins. The possession switches every time the ball is scored, and your votes determine the winner.
Manu Ginobili (6th Seed)
Manu took on one the NBA's elite guards on both ends of the floor last time out. Chris Paul is excellent on offense and on defense, but round two offers a different type of challenge.
Andre Iguodala is a defensive specialist. He is big. He is fast. He is long. He has great defensive instincts. He can do it all. Out on the perimeter Iguodala will be able to contest every jump shot. If Manu drives inside, Iguodala can contest at the rim. Manu will have to pull out some crazy tricks if he wants to be able to put up 11 points on Iguodala before Iguodala puts up 11 on him.
On the flip side, Manu should be able to defend Andre well. Manu has never been a stout defensive player, but he isn't a scrub either. He should be able to contain Iguodala enough to account for the inevitable possessions he doesn't score on.
Andre Iguodala (7th Seed)
The issue that Iguodala will have in this game does not stem from the defensive side. He will be able to control Manu. The real issue is whether he can score enough to utilize the stops he will get.
Iguodala is top-notch guarding his position, but he isn't great at offense. Andre has the juice to combat Manu, but he just isn't a consistent scorer. He does not have the advantage of a homecourt, so he is starting with a disadvantage as it is. People will have to be convinced that his defense can make up for his offense in order for him to try and be the lowest seed to reach the "Elite Eight."
Now It's Your Turn
This is where you decide the outcome. Vote on the poll below and make sure to let your opinion be known in the comments of this article.