The legend of El Contusion continues. 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 was injured on a drive to the basket with 3:52 remaining in the period. He was fouled by DeAndre Jordan, but replays showed he might have been hurt independently on an awkward step. Ginobili made both free throws for his only points in 2:42 of action. The injury left the Spurs without their third-leading scorer, and the bench without its orchestrator. His absence was a factor as the reserves struggled through a lackluster first half. But while the Clippers still won the bench battle decisively, outscoring their counterparts 40-22, Popovich said he was pleased with the job his backups did in the second half. Indeed, four reserves were on the court as the Spurs took their largest lead early in the fourth at 88-79. Boris Diaw had a 3-point play at that stage, the recipient of a quick passing sequence between starter Tiago Splitter and backup point guard Nando De Colo. “The first half, they were a little bit stunned, I guess, because (Ginobili) is the one who keeps everything together with the second team,” Popovich said. “In the second half I thought they did a good job. I thought Nando was really steady out there, (Stephen Jackson) did some good, physical things. It worked out.” The most productive outing came from Gary Neal, who had skipped the past four games to rest a sore foot. He had eight points and six assists in 19 minutes.
Ginobili to miss game vs. Heat due to injury
San Antonio Express-News | Mar 30