Talk about bad and unfortunate timing for Manu and the Spurs. The good news is that X-Rays came back negative, and Ginobili will have a few days to rest that tender ‘bow. From the Express-News: “In an untimely accident, Ginobili suffered a hyperextended right elbow during the first quarter of the Spurs’ 106-103 season-ending loss at Phoenix, casting in doubt his availability for the start of the Western Conference playoffs against Memphis this weekend. Forget ceding control of the NBA’s top overall record to Chicago. There was only one way the Spurs’ season finale could have ended in catastrophe, and it happened just 2:14 into the game. Ginobili was coming across a Tim Duncan pick, with Suns forward Grant Hill trailing, when he appeared to get his arm pinned between his teammate and his opponent, bending the elbow backward before tumbling to the court in evident discomfort. X-rays taken at US Airways Center were negative. Ginobili is scheduled for an MRI today, at which point the Spurs will have a better feel for a timetable. Coming into the Spurs’ season-ending road trip to face the Lakers and Suns, coach Gregg Popovich wrestled with whether to play his regulars or rest them for the playoffs. He ultimately decided on a plan that would call for four starters, including Ginobili, to sit Tuesday’s eventual loss at L.A., then return for the finale in Phoenix, in order to ward off rust before the playoffs began.”
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