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Spurs put Ginobili in starting lineup for Game 5

Sunday - 6/16/2013, 8:14pm  ET

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili shoots during NBA basketball practice, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs host the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, with the best-of-seven games series even at 2-2. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is making his first start of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

Ginobili replaces forward Tiago Splitter as the Spurs try starting with a smaller lineup against the Miami Heat. The series was tied 2-all heading into San Antonio's final home game.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the switch despite Ginobili struggling through the worst playoffs of his career. He is averaging 7.5 points and shooting just 34 percent against Miami.

Popovich acknowledged earlier this week that Ginobili is "obviously not as confident as usual."

The 35-year-old Ginobili's last start came in the 2012 Western Conference Finals.

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