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Spurs taking cautious approach with Ginobili

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08:13 AM ET 11.02 | The Spurs held Manu Ginobili out of Thursday's game against the Thunder, but coach Gregg Popovich said the veteran guard is likely to play Saturday. "He's really close," Popovich said. "I think he'll be OK for the weekend. He hasn't practiced in five, six, seven days and missed a game (Wednesday) night. It doesn't make much sense for him to play when he hasn't practiced or had any contact." Though the Spurs won't have a formal practice session [Friday], Popovich will give Ginobili some work on the team's practice court to prepare him for his first game of the season. Ginobili played in only four preseason games, a total of only 67 minutes. He had hoped to play a full complement of minutes in the preseason finale [before experiencing back spasms].

San Antonio Express-News

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November 2, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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All that flopping has taken its toll on manu

Atleast flops and gets some calls LOL. What's Amare's excuse? ouch.

Just kidding. But Spurs don't need Gino right now. They also need to pace out Timmy, who looked TERRIFIC in the 2 games, and Tony is much under appreciated due to paul, Williams, Rondo etc, but he is easily a top-5 PG consistently the past few years.

Leonard had some good stops, but still not sold on his offensive game. Why they still play Bonner is beyond me!!

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November 2, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Look, Pops knows very well knows how to manage players minutes and set team expectations, no surprise here. No one should be worried at all.....Pops right on time with his plan.....believe that!

November 2, 2012  09:31 AM ET

story of his life

November 2, 2012  09:35 AM ET

W is all that matter

November 2, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Good morning all. OKC got beat by the SA Spurs at San Antonio....by 2 points. OKC could have won if not for all the turnovers (the same thing as last year) and the rust of being their first game of the year. Even with all that going on, OKC almost won. Not too bad of a game in my opinion. Congratulations to the SA Spurs for a hard fought win.

-A Thunder fan

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November 2, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Morning Flaney!It was one regular season game. Enough with the congratulations tour already, lol.

Good morning MMA. Just the way I roll.

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November 2, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Seems like Manu is about ready to come back. Definitely need him, although off to a good start.

November 2, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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Spurs looked really good w/out Manu. Imagine if he comes back!

Yeah, they played some good defense, and against OKC that's big, even it is early in the season.

November 2, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Good morning all. OKC got beat by the SA Spurs at San Antonio....by 2 points. OKC could have won if not for all the turnovers (the same thing as last year) and the rust of being their first game of the year. Even with all that going on, OKC almost won. Not too bad of a game in my opinion. Congratulations to the SA Spurs for a hard fought win.-A Thunder fan

A great early season game, very close and could have gone either way. KM did fine, but if OKC had Harden, I think they get the win easily.

So, first look at Martin with OKC, what do you think?

November 2, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Is It Time To Saddle Up, Bro?

November 2, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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We need to get you a little meaner then! :)

Oh, believe me when I tell you as the season goes on, if Westbrook doesn't slow down and stop throwing the ball away every other possession, I will get meaner...lol

November 2, 2012  11:27 AM ET

The Spurs keep taking this cautionary plans with their old folks. It seems season after season the same thing happen with the same final results. They probably will have the best record again.

November 2, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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A great early season game, very close and could have gone either way. KM did fine, but if OKC had Harden, I think they get the win easily. So, first look at Martin with OKC, what do you think?

I think Kevin Martin did awesome for having only been with the Thunder for 48 hours...I also think he will only get better as the season goes along. It was pretty brave and out of character for coach Brooks to let him play as many minutes as he did last night also. All in all, like you said, a very entertaining and close game for the early season. The future looks bright for the Thunder.

 
November 2, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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I think Kevin Martin did awesome for having only been with the Thunder for 48 hours...I also think he will only get better as the season goes along. It was pretty brave and out of character for coach Brooks to let him play as many minutes as he did last night also. All in all, like you said, a very entertaining and close game for the early season. The future looks bright for the Thunder.

Yeah, I agree about KM. Ibaka and Perkins looked good. For coming off of a number of injuries, Perk looked very good. Looks like they are set to start rolling again.

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