Stretching his legs, Manu Ginobili grimaced a little.

He did a quick drill and cringed a little more during Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. At 35, it isn't getting any easier for this member of the Spurs' Big Three.

Production is down for the 11-year veteran entering the 8 p.m. Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

"I'm happy with the way I move that ball," Ginobili said after arriving late to the arena Saturday. "I made a few mistakes defensively, but we all learned from that."

After missing nine games late in the regular season with a hamstring injury, the Argentinian is still working back to form on the offensive end too. His shooting percentage is down, just as his scoring average.

Ginobili's regular season average of 11.8 was the lowest since scoring 7.6 a game as a rookie in 2002-03. The numbers are considerably off his career highs from 2007-08 — a year after the Spurs' last title — when the 6-foot-6 shooting guard scored 19.5 a game and was named NBA sixth man of the year.

Move ahead five seasons and 3-point shooting percentage was 35.3. That's full six points below where it was a year ago when he missed two months with a broken hand. Those numbers dipped again in the playoffs where Ginobili's scoring 11.6 a game and shooting 32.9 percent from the perimeter.

Expectations, among other things, haven't slipped.

"His role hasn't changed at all," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's Manu Ginobili. He's a great competitor, great player, and he just plays his game. His role hasn't changed a bit. He's always been very important in us winning basketball games."

He came off the bench to play 29-plus minutes in Thursday's 92-88 Game 1 win for the Spurs. His 13 points included 2-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. Confidence is high.