The San Antonio Spurs lost Manu Ginobili last night to a quad injury. The veteran guard went down to the ground after fighting a screen, and he stayed down until he could be helped off the court. The injury itself hopefully isn't severe, but Ginobili was not able to return to the game. Despite the injury, there are questions about whether it came because Ginobili attempted a flop.
Doug Kyed of NESN has a GIF showing the injury. You make the call. Was it a flop or a legitimate play gone bad?
Ginobili has a history of flopping, but the NBA has instituted new rules in an attempt to eliminate flopping. Players will be fined after they are given a warning if they are caught flopping by the league. The play is one that has taken away from the game a bit in recent years and commissioner David Stern is trying to get it under control. There will likely not even be a warning arising out of this play. It's not blatant enough.
We should know more about Ginobili's quad today, but the initial diagnosis was a thigh contusion. If that's the case, he should be able to play Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ginobili has averaged 11.5 points per game this season and 4.5 assists per game. As usual, he has been a big part of the Spurs offense. Last night, Ginobili only finished with three points in four minutes, but the Spurs managed to beat the Celtics 103-88.
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