El Contusion stays true to name, wants to keep playing

Manu GinobiliApparently for San Antonio Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili. it’s going to take more than a head-on, and I do mean head-on, collision with Tyreke Evans to get him to sit out any games leading up to the playoffs.

Ginobili, who was given the moniker, El Contusion, by former Spur Brent Barry, cut his ear due to the collision, but Manu’s not interested in Spurs coach Gregg Popovich giving him any time off before the playoffs, according to SI.com writer Sam Amick.

SA’s Manu Ginobili cut his right ear & had to get it patched up (no stitches) after tonight’s game, but he didn’t find it funny when the joke was made that Popovich might put him on the shelf until playoffs out of fear of injury. Missing 31 games is enough, apparently: “Hopefully not, because I need to play. I need to be on the court. Today was weird, because of the three games in a row, but I just want to play. I’m feeling good, starting to feel the strength in my legs, so I just want to play.”

You have to love Ginobili’s passion to play up until the last second ticks off the regular season clock, but I’m sure most Spurs fans would side with Pop here. The last thing anyone wants to see is an injury before the playoffs even start. Remember what happened to Manu last season versus Phoenix right before the playoffs?

If not for NBA rules mandating that only three players can be kept on the injured reserve list, I’m sure Pop would prefer to send out several press releases with injuries no one could pronounce for most of his rotation and bring in D-League players to finish off the season, so don’t be surprised if Ginobili has to wear a three-piece on the sidelines sometime next week. 

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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