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Ginobili says he played with broken arm in playoffs

May 23, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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Manu Ginobili missed Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies with what was described as a sprained elbow (suffered in the last game of the season). When he returned he put up 20.6 points per game of 44.3 percent shooting, numbers very close to his regular season production.

And he may have done it all with broken arm.

That is what he told a paper in his native Argentina, according to the Express-News’ Spurs blog.

Ginobili told the Argentine website that he sustained asmall fracture of the right humerus, the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. The injury occurred in the final game of the regular season on April 13 when he was trapped in a collision between Tim Duncan and Phoenix’s Grant Hill….

Here’s what he told Argentine reporters (translation provided by

“Last Wednesday, the medical staff of San Antonio I had the last MRI,” Ginobili said. “The liquid has been absorbed and small fracture in the humerus is welded at 85 percent. I have to be doing nothing for 3 weeks and then begin slowly.”

Ginobili took some grief after missing Game 1 from some quarters of Spurs nation, which was silly at the time considering all that Ginobili has played through (and done for the team in the past). He’s tough, to question that was shortsighted at best.

If he played through a broken arm, those people need to find a nice sized crow sandwich for lunch.

  1. dwighthowardisamazing - May 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    ginobli’s truly extraordinary. not many players could play with a broken arm at the level that he did.

  2. kulcousy - May 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    I had a fracture of my arm. The pain was incredible for a week or more. I bet his was too.

  3. chargerdillon - May 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Yah… because it makes sense to put a player who past his prime and has 1 good arm on the court.

  4. fordman84 - May 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Likely story, but a good one none-the-less. Way to give SAS fans a reason to not be bummed. I’m not buying it though, not with him putting up his career averages.

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