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Manu Ginobili suffers leg injury, out for Spurs vs. Heat on Sunday

Mar 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

The Spurs got a big win over the Clippers on Friday, thanks to 34 points and 11 rebounds from Tim Duncan, including the game-winning and-1 with just a couple of seconds remaining.

San Antonio did it without Manu Ginobili, who (as seen in the video clip above) left the game late in the first quarter after coming down awkwardly following a drive to the basket.

The injury is likely to keep Ginobili from playing on Sunday in a possible NBA Finals preview against the Miami Heat.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated reserve guard Manu Ginobili will miss Sunday’s home game against defending NBA champion Miami after leaving in the first quarter with tightness in his right hamstring.

“I don’t think he can play,” Popovich said.

Ginobili is his team’s third leading scorer, but more importantly, he’s the one who makes the offense go when that second unit is on the floor. He is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists in 23.4 minutes per game this season.

  1. andrewproughcfe - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Apparently they won’t need Manu.

    Apparently all it takes to beat the Heat is to put two hands on Lebron’s amazingly sensitive body every once in awhile. And Popovich has a roster full of guys that would probably be more than willing to rough up the King.

    • odbj - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      You can hate on Lebron and the Heat all you want… but have you actually seen the fouls he took in the Chicago game? We’re talking full-strength arm bashes to the head — not even pretending to make a play on the ball. No one else in the league is subject to those type of hits on a regular basis. They’re fouls that other players would be getting flagrants called on. But not Lebron.

      I guarantee if it was the star on your team getting clubbed and tackled in every game you wouldn’t be spouting this “two hands” bullcrap.

      • andrewproughcfe - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        It’s called playoff basketball – ask Robert Horry, he’ll tell you. And Lebron is about to get a full playoffs worth of 2-hand-touch to whine about. All his whining does is give opposing playoff coaches the blueprint for dominating him.

        Popovich already knew that blueprint – he used it to perfection in mauling and harassing James throughout a 4-game sweep in the 2007 finals.

  2. dolphindubs - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Of course Manu isnt going to play. But why is Popovich BS’ing everyone and saying its from a “leg injury”? Just be truthful…say you’re sitting him out because you dont want the Heat to play against your full team in case of a Finals match-up.

    Its the same thing everywhere though. At the half-time interview with Nate Robinson when the Bulls played the Heat, he was asked how important beating the Heat would be. He shrugged it off and said it wasnt important for them to win, yet after the game Deng and others (and even Noah sitting in the stands at the Florida game) said it was HUGE.

    What is it with athletes BS’ing instead of just saying it how it is?

  3. doctordunkenstein - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Odbj 100% agree. Lbj takes at least 2-3 hits to the head in every game, a lot of times without a foul even being called, especially if he still makes the shot

  4. saint1997 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Pops watch out! He rests Duncan and Parker suddenly he’s got another lawsuit!

  5. lemfaxx - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Heat vs Spurs – preFinal match up!

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