Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Lakers he would stay up all night worrying how guard Manu Ginobili’s body responded to its most significant workload in more than a month. Popovich, perhaps, could rest just a little easier Monday night. “I’m feeling good,” Ginobili said after a light practice. “A little tight, of course, for playing after such a long time. But I didn’t play much, either. I feel really good.” Less than a week removed from a nine-game stint on the injured list with a strained right hamstring, Ginobili logged 19 minutes in the Spurs’ series-opening win. The star sixth man scored 18 points, his most since March 6, and sparked the team with 10 in the third quarter. Ginobili’s afternoon was seven minutes longer than the nearly 12-minute shift he logged against Minnesota in the Spurs’ regular-season finale, his first action since being injured March 29. Ginobili, 35, says he could handle a similar uptick in minutes in Game 2 on Wednesday. His teammates, however, expect Popovich will continue to handle the team’s top-scoring reserve with care. “I think it’s still important to monitor what he does out there,” Tim Duncan said. “With the hamstring problems he’s had, you don’t want him to get overly fatigued and hurt himself again.” Necessary Mamba: With Kobe Bryant out for the playoffs, Spurs forward Matt Bonner has taken delight in referring to himself as “the last remaining Mamba.” Bonner’s presence in the series became mandatory once Boris Diaw underwent surgery April 12 to have a cyst removed from his back.
Ginobili ‘a little tight’ after win
San Antonio Express-News | Apr 23