Spurs news and notes: Manu feeling better, and more

• Good news San Antonio Spurs fans! Manu Ginobili says he is feeling much better after suffering a hyperextended right elbow in the last game against the Phoenix Suns:

MRI showed an elbow sprain (Ulnar collateral ligament). I’m doubtful 4 Sunday. Hope to make it. The pain is almost gone. Thx!

• Speaking of Manu, NBA.com raves about him:

Through eight seasons and three championships, the Spurs always treated Manu Ginobili as if he were a jar of nitroglycerine; volatile, explosive and in need of careful handling.

They watched him plunge himself like a cue ball on the break into every possession of every game, wondering when that scatter-everything-across-the-table style might produce a scratch that would cut short his career.

Now they simply watch and wonder just how far he can take them in a season when Ginobili and the Spurs have busted loose.

• The Hoops Report talks about the Spurs:

The San Antonio Spurs, the team Presti worked for before the Thunder, have maximized their value in the draft over the years. They drafted George Hill and Tony Parker in the late first round, and Luis Scola in the late second round. They drafted Tiago Splitter and Beno Udrih in the late first round, and DeJuan Blair in the second round. They’ve only made one bad first round pick – Ian Mahinmi – in the last 10 years.

That’s why the Spurs have been one of the most successful NBA franchises of this era.

• RedsArmy.com spotlights the Spurs as a team the Boston Celtics must keep an watchful eye on.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin shares his notes from the Spurs loss to the Suns.

• Former Spurs player Larry Owens was named to the All D-League second team:

Tulsa 66ers forward Larry Owens was named to the All-NBA Development League second team, the league announced Wednesday.

Owens averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 43 games for the 66ers this season. His strong play earned him call-ups to both the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and his current team, the Washington Wizards. (ktul.com)

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