He scored 18 points, made two 3-pointers and had five assists in the Spurs' 95-88 Game 7 loss to the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

It was the sort of playoff performance the Spurs have learned to expect over the course of Manu Ginobili's 11 seasons.

None of it mattered to the team's emotional touchstone, who admitted he had a difficult time getting over the agony of the Game 6 loss that came so close to giving the Spurs their fifth NBA title in 15 years.

“Of course, big disappointment,” Ginobili said. “In my case, I still have Game 6 in my head.”

Once Game 7 tipped off, Ginobili said, the emotion faded and he and his teammates were able to focus on the task at hand.

Once it ended, all the what-could-have-been feelings came flooding back. They included the memory of a five-point lead that disappeared when the Spurs couldn't rebound a pair of Heat 3-point misses and missed two free throws in the final 28.2 seconds of Game 6.

“During the game, nothing,” he said of the lingering effect. “Before the game, yes, of course. We all worked hard to forget about it, but it was not easy.

“In my case, it didn't bother me or affect my game today. But it was, of course, very tough to sleep yesterday and we couldn't stop thinking about those two rebounds and those two threes.

“So many little things that could have gone our way in the last play or the last two plays to win it. There's such a fine line between celebrating and having a great summer, with now feeling like crap and just so disappointed.”

If Ginobili is so disappointed that he will consider retirement — he will be 36 in a few weeks — he would not say.