Manu Ginobili Still Doubtful for Game 2

by April 19, 2011

The Spurs know they need Ginobili to beat Memphis, let alone compete for a title, but he may not be ready to suit up tomorrow night. From the Express-News: “Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had his toughest workout since injuring his right elbow last week, taking part in one-on-one scrimmaging at the end of the Spurs’ practice Monday afternoon. Ginobili was raising his sprained right elbow more in shooting and dribbling than at any time since sustaining the injury Wednesday night in Phoenix. ‘We didn’t scrimmage five-on-five today,’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘He’s shooting and trying to his condition up so that when he does heal, he’ll at least be in some decent shape.’ Popovich said the Spurs are getting ready for Wednesday’s Game 2 against Memphis like Ginobili won’t be playing. ‘We’ve prepared like he’s not here from the beginning,’ Popovich said. ‘We’re still in that mode.’ Spurs forward DeJuan Blair was even more succinct. He said the Spurs can’t win the series without Ginobili involved. ‘We need the Big Three,’ Blair said, referring to Ginobili, Parker and Tim Duncan. ‘We’ve got our role players and have been playing excellent. We need Manu. Manu is our MVP.'”