As we noted earlier on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs have their eyes set on a deep playoff run, but only if they can stay healthy. After losing franchise big man Tim Duncan to an ankle injury last week, another member of the team's big three went down on Sunday night.
MySanAntonio.com reports that the team's leading scorer, guard Manu Ginobili suffered a left thigh injury shortly before halftime of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Manu Ginobili left the game at mid third quarter due to a thigh bruise. He was hurt late in the first half and started the second half. He was taken back out with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Ginobili played 19 minutes and had two points on 1 of 3 shooting.After the game, MySanAntonio.com reported that the injury wasn't "serious" but that Ginobili's status is "in doubt".
Stiff-legged, with a gait recalling that of Frankenstein’s monster, Manu Ginobili hobbled down a hallway at the FedEx Forum after the Spurs’ 111-104 loss to Memphis on Sunday night. A left quadriceps contusion had knocked him out for most of the second half, and cast into doubt his availability for Monday’s home game against Portland.
“At first, when I came to the bench, I thought I was going to be OK,” Ginobili said. “Then it stiffened up. I can’t put my full weight on it.”Here's video of the play.
The Spurs play next on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in San Antonio. The Blazers beat the Spurs in dramatic fashion on Friday night in Portland.
Without both Duncan and Ginobili, the Spurs fell to the Grizzlies, 111-104. The loss dropped San Antonio to 57-16 on the season and marked the first time the Spurs have lost three games in a row this season. San Antonio's lead over the Los Angeles Lakers is now down to 4.5 games. The win improved Memphis, the West's No. 8 seed, to 41-33.