Found April 18, 2013 on
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili hasn't been the same player many know he is this season. Riddled with injuries (the most recent being a right hamstring injury) he has played 60 games, saw some of his numbers dip from last season and before last night's game versus Minnesota, had sat out nine games due to the hamstring injury.
Needless to say, a healthy Manu is needed before the postseason begins this Sunday against the Lakers.
Ginobili got some time on the court in the team's regular season home closer and though he didn't light up the box score (two points and two assists in 11 minutes), seeing him healthy and back on the court was more important.
After the game, Manu spoke on the recent hamstring injury and aside from a bit of fatigue, says he is feeling good.
"Very good. I was a little tired because I've been lifting a lot. The point where the tear was feels great," said Ginobili.
The good news is health wise, Manu is feeling great but he has been off the court for quite some time and knows he is not in game-shape. Luckily, the Spurs will have the next four days off before the postseason which will mean time for Manu to get his legs and wind back.
"I missed like 17 days and you don't get it back because of play. I need to practice. So these next four days will be good for me. I need to play with these guys and go up and down," said Ginobili.
The four days off before the team's first game versus the Lakers will be critical for Ginobili.
In two games against Los Angeles this season, he averaged 11 points, 4.5 boards, and 3.5 assists in 23 minutes. Having that added punch off the bench will be what the doctor ordered for the Spurs but first thing is first for Manu, getting in some much-needed time on the court with his teammates.
"I need to play with them. I definitely need some playing time."
BEST OF MAXIM
The regular season, thankfully, is over. For the San Antonio Spurs it ended with a whimper, but you know, one with reasons. They didn't have Manu Ginobili for nine of their final ten games and were without Tony Parker for 12 of their last 22 games. The losses piled up as much as they can for a team that won 58 games, so fans and analysts alike expressed concern. According...
Stephen Jackson should just not speak and take the loss on this one, because making statements like this can only hinder him from moving forward and finding employment elsewhere.
Unfortunately for Jackson and the San Antonio Spurs, his second stint with the organization, didn’t go as well as the first. Jackson was released by the team right before the playoffs began because...
When fan-favorite Stephen Jackson was released by the San Antonio Spurs last week, it was a shock to many throughout the NBA.
Many were scratching their heads wondering why would the Spurs do this roster move now with the playoffs days away? What did he do? Was it because of his lack of production?
Head coach Gregg Popovich called it a tough decision done in the best interest...
Project Spurs kicks off its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. Paramjit Mahal asks if releasing Stephen Jackson will hurt the Spurs in the playoffs.
After the final night of the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs found out they will be meeting an old foe in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs -- the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tracy McGrady once scored 13 points in 30 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs. It was one of the most breath-taking and amazing scoring performances in NBA history. The fact that it happened against the vaunted Spurs defense on national TV made it all the more amazing.
Things are perhaps coming full circle now. McGrady will try to get out of the first round for the first time...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Derrick Williams had 21 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 108-95 Wednesday night, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.
Chase Budinger added 15 points and Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio had 12 points apiece for Minnesota, won on the Spurs' home court for the first time since Jan. 14, 2004.
Gary Neal had 17 points, Tim Duncan...
Though the San Antonio Spurs may be closer to full strength and have the Western Conference's No. 2 seed, this is not how Gregg Popovich wanted his team to enter the playoffs.
Some may feel he's partly to blame.
With San Antonio still reeling from Stephen Jackson's sudden departure, Popovich plans to play everyone available - even possibly Manu Ginobili and newcomer...
With the NBA playoffs on the horizon, the San Antonio Spurs went out this week and signed, the one, the only, Tracy McGrady. McGrady was once one of the most popular players in the NBA, leading the league in scoring in 03 and 04 and making multiple all-star teams. He teamed with Yao Ming in Houston, where the two became the most beloved Black/Asian duo since Jackie Chan and Chris...
With the Los Angeles Lakers making it into the playoffs despite losing Kobe Bryant at season’s end and a first-round playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs looming on the horizon with the first game on Sunday, the battle lines have been drawn in House Artest (or the House formerly known as Artest but now going by World Peace — or something). Why? Because Metta World Peace’s...
Gregg Popovich knows his San Antonio Spurs are struggling for the first time in a long time heading into the playoffs. The team hasn't been making their shots and have been unreliable on defense. Tim Duncan has had to play as close as he can to the vintage MVP-like player he used to be to even keep the Spurs in the game, let alone to win it.
Coach Pop made known his concern...
The Lakers will face the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs and Metta World Peace paid Gregg Popovich a very humorous compliment about his coaching acumen.
Tracy McGrady recently signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs for the playoff run. If you have any discretionary income do not spend it renting a car this weekend like many people in the hood will, rather go right to the sports book and plop down your hard earned dough on the Spurs to lose in the first round of the playoffs. There has never been a bigger kiss of death than...
Project Spurs kicks off its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. We start off with Jose Grijalva's top-5 moments in the Spurs-Lakers rivalry.
With the playoffs approaching and the Los Angeles Lakers waiting to play the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center for Game 1, we'll take a look at some of the top-5 moments during the Spurs...
FOX Sports Southwest announced its television schedule for the San Antonio Spurs first-round NBA Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
All games in the best-of-seven series not selected for national broadcast by ABC will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest in Spurs TV markets, beginning with Game 2.
First-round playoff games televised on FOX Sports...