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News » Ginobili to rest at least 7 days


Ginobili to rest at least 7 days


Ginobili to rest at least 7 days After being examined by members of the Spurs medical staff Thursday, guard Manu Ginobili has been ruled out of action for seven to 10 days.

An MRI exam confirmed that Ginobili suffered a mild left groin strain during Wednesday's game against the Mavericks in Dallas. He previously had been bothered by a left hamstring strain that caused Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to sit him during the fourth quarter of a loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Both Ginobili and All-NBA point guard Tony Parker, still ailing with a sprained left ankle, were inactive for Thursday's game against the Jazz. Parker now is listed as day-to-day.

The muscle strains that have plagued Ginobili are a disappointment after a summer spent taking it easy so he could rehabilitate a stress fracture in his right ankle.

"I'd be disingenuous if I said I wasn't disappointed he's been hurt in different ways since he did rest this summer," Popovich said. "I'm surprised by it, and didn't expect it, but we still have to deal with it."

Asked if he was alarmed by Ginobili's early injuries, Popovich played it coy.

"I'm just going to stick with what I've already said," he replied.

Team physician Dr. David Schmidt said Ginobili will be on a regimen of ice, compression and stretching until the groin heals but stressed that the strain was considered mild.

More injuries: Spurs point guard George Hill took an elbow in the mouth late in the second quarter and feared he had lost a tooth.

As it turned out, a tooth was loosened, but Hill won't lose it.

Power forward Antonio McDyess got two stitches in his chin after the game to close a cut he got when he was elbowed by Utah's Carlos Boozer late in the game.

"When Boozer drove to the basket I went to block it and they called a foul on me," he said. "He elbowed me in the chin to get the basket, and I got the foul.

"Things aren't going our way in any games right now, so it's hard to take."

Give that man a sandwich: A pregame well-wisher congratulated Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. When the person suggested that the coach's speech during ceremonies in Springfield, Mass., could portend a post-coaching career as an after-dinner speaker, Sloan snapped off this one-liner: "I'll starve to death first."


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Added: November 21, 2009

 

 
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