HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

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"We have to be way smarter and sharper," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who only played 11 minutes and had five points. "If we let them push us around and we're not strong with the ball, that's when they get us on our heels and we stop attacking the way we do. We know we've got to play games close to perfection (against them). We said it already, and the first two were really sharp. After that, we kind of stopped. Both games here, they just outplayed us." USA Today Sports

May 27, 2014 Updates

The joke that began with Gregg Popovich's visit to the interview podium Sunday after the Spurs' Game 3 loss to Oklahoma City was still alive Monday morning. Manu Ginobili, like OKC's Serge Ibaka supposedly was before him, could be out for the rest of the playoffs. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. “We're doing all the tests,” a wise-cracking Popovich said before leading his team through a practice at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “One never knows. We've been surprised by part of what he's done recovery-wise, so we'll see.” San Antonio Express-News

May 26, 2014 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich picked up where he left off after Game 3 on Sunday, continuing to use Manu Ginbili’s sore left foot to make light of the Serge Ibaka Miracle. “Well, we’re doing all the tests,” Popovich said Monday. “One never knows (if he’ll miss the playoffs). We’ve been surprised by part of what he’s done in recovery wise, so we’ll see.” Ginobili, however, didn’t feel like playing along, shutting down reporters after several questions. “I’m a little sore,” he said, “but nothing worth talking about.” San Antonio Express-News

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Duncan finished with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting, with 21 of his points coming in the first half. The Spurs' backcourt of Tony Parker, Danny Green and sixth man Manu Ginobili that no longer had to fear Ibaka's long arms contesting on the perimeter shot 19-for-31 for 48 points. After shooting 44.2% against the Thunder in four regular season losses, the Spurs shot 57.5% from the field in all. "We always want to try to penetrate," Parker said. "We always want our ball movement, that's how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it's a little bit better with (Ibaka) not being in the paint, but we're still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen." USA Today Sports

May 17, 2014 Updates

After averaging 17.7 points and 45 percent shooting in the series against Dallas, Manu saw his production drop to 8.5 points and 26 percent shooting versus Portland. All-in-all, Manu simply couldn’t get his shot to fall in five game against Portland and the Spurs will definitely need him to raise his game in the Western Conference Finals. Something he is well aware of. In his column in the Argentinian site La Nacion, Manu made it clear – he is looking to turn things around versus Oklahoma City. I thought I played much better in the series against Dallas, especially shooting. Against Portland I could not get a shot to fall. I couldn’t knock things down in the series but I thought I played well. Playing bad is what I did in Game 6 against Dallas. Against Portland I helped, that I did what I was asked to do. When your shots are going in you feel better and everything looks better. I hope to turn things around in this series. It will be more challenging, more physical, and because of that it will be very important to score. ProjectSpurs.com

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Whatever the reason, the Spurs are on a dominant run that started with a 23-point win in Game 7 against Dallas and continued Thursday with their second consecutive shellacking of the Trail Blazers, this time 114-97 in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the AT&T Center. The victory came two nights after a 24-point win in Game 1. “The aggressiveness, the concentration for 48 minutes -- off the charts,” guard Manu Ginobili said. “So we are very happy with that, and hopefully, we maintain this.” Oregonian

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Jonathan Feigen: Lin said wants to model more of his approach after Manu Ginobili. Said he'll ignore trade rumors, having gotten used to them. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

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Manu Ginobili, who has seen Duncan in a heap on the court many times since joining the Spurs for the 2002-03 season, was almost as nervous as Mills. “We all got a little worried,” he said. “We looked at each other, like, 'Ouch!' especially when he grabbed his knee and went to the locker room. “Luckily, five minutes later he was back with us and asked to be back in. We all felt a relief.” Duncan was plenty worried himself when the knee bent at what he called a weird angle. “Very scary,” he said. “The pain wasn't that bad, but it felt kind of weird. Just wanted to make sure everything was fine.” San Antonio Express-News

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