Spurs news and notes: Manu injured, worried Spurs fans, and more


• San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili hyperextended his right elbow tonight versus the Phoenix Suns. X-rays were negative and he did not play the rest of the game. An MRI is scheduled for Thursday in San Antonio.

• NBA.com asks whether Spurs or Boston Celtics fans are more worried about their team’s recent struggles:

David Aldridge: Spurs’ woes can be more directly tied to injuries (Duncan‘s ankle) that have healed, and San Antonio had to gain some confidence by holding off the Lakers to clinch the best record in the west. By contrast, Boston can’t feel good about getting a big postseason push from Shaq, and Jermaine O’Neal just got back on the court yesterday. Plus, Boston’s now destined to be on the road in a potential game 7 in the second round against Miami–assuming the Cs get past the Knicks. I think they will, but it may be harder than you think. Boston is pretty good loading up one side against a scorer like Carmelo Anthony, but if Amare Stoudemire has his legs back, he could wreak havoc against the Celtics in the paint. And is Ray Allen just in a temporary slump, or will this be like last year, when he was sporadic in the postseason?

Fran Blinebury: Celtics fans should be more worried for sure. With Kendrick Perkins now in OKC and Shaq maybe unable to contribute, the big, bulky, bad Celtics could be a thing of the past.

• Yahoo! Sports lists the Spurs winning season as number four on their list of the biggest NBA surprises of the season.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin shares some notes from the Spurs loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

• WOAI.com talks about Spurs playoff tickets:

• AZ Central says the Spurs consistent winning ways is a huge victory:

That’s how the Spurs operate. That’s why in the Duncan era they have won at least 50 games every season except in the lockout-shortened 1999 year, when they won 37 of 50 and the NBA championship.

That’s 14 consecutive seasons in the playoffs.

• A San Antonio lawyer was charged with failing to file taxes and used the extra money to buy Spurs season tickets. (Express News)

• Playmakeronline.com talks about the Spurs.

• Winslow Smart, a martial arts instructor, trained former Spurs Sean Elliott and David Robinson:

Swart, who has trained star athletes like former Spurs Sean Elliott and David Robinson along with business people, said his consulting work slowed since the economic downturn started in 2009. (MySanAntonio.com)