Posted by Matt Moore
Manu Ginobili may be a flopper, but don't you dare call him soft. In an interview with an Argentinian website, translated by ProjectSpurs.com, Ginobili revealed that during the Spurs' first round series against the Grizzlies, he did not have an elbow sprain as reported by the Spurs. No, no, he had a broken arm. Here's the messy translation from ProjectSpurs.com:
"Last Wednesday, the medical staff of San Antonio I had the last MRI. The liquid has been absorbed and small fracture in the humerus is welded at 85 percent. I have to be doing nothing for 3 weeks and then begin slowly."via Ginobili says Spurs did not pressure him into not playing this summer, updates his elbow injury | May.
Forget LeBron's cold. forget even Rondo's dislocated elbow, though that was pretty gritty as well. Ginobili not only played through a broken arm, but was effective in multiple games with a broken arm. Notably during the series in a fast break collision, Tony Allen landed right on top of that arm of Manu's, and Ginobili still got up and hit the free throw.
There's tough, there's super-tough, there's incredibly tough, and then there's Manu Ginobili. Memphis played exceptionally well in that series and deserved to win. But you have to wonder how things would have been for the top-seeded Spurs had Ginobili not been playing with a fractured wing.
(HT San Antonio Express News)