Tony Allen: Manu Ginobili Faking Elbow Injury

by April 25, 2011
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Ginobili played with a brace on his right elbow in Games 2 and 3 of the series versus the Grizzlies, so that means he’s not really hurt. Or so thinks Tony Allen. From the Express-News: “Never one to shy away from controversy, Memphis guard Tony Allen on Sunday accused Manu Ginobili of faking his well-documented elbow injury. ‘It’s for the birds,’ Allen said. ‘Everybody is banged up. You don’t see me running to my PR guy telling him about an injury.’ Ginobili sprained his right elbow in the season finale at Phoenix and missed Game 1. Forced to wear an uncomfortable brace during Games 2 and 3 against the Grizzlies, he seemed bemused by Allen’s allegation. ‘That’s his opinion,’ Ginobili said. ‘I really don’t care. I would love to not play with that brace. In previous years, we’ve had some pretty good runs without an elbow brace.’ Allen gave Ginobili a hard foul in the third quarter of Saturday’s Game 3, landing on top of him following a drive to the basket by the Spurs guard. ‘There was a little incident there where I felt it,’ Ginobili said. ‘But I’ve been through it. It was frustrating for a couple minutes, but then I got better for the last quarter, so no big deal.’ The brace, Ginobili said, has affected his free-throw stroke. An 87-percent foul shooter during the regular season, he has made only 19 of 27 in the series.”