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Manu Ginobili said he still hasn't decided if he will retire at the end of the season.

"I’m going to go game by game," Ginobili said. "We’ll see if [Monday] is the last one of the season. We hope that it’s not, and that we have a few more. Once it’s over, then I’ll start wondering what the future brings." With the Spurs facing an elimination game in San Antonio tonight, there's a very real chance that this could be his last dance at the AT&T Center. Ginobili had arguably his best game of the season in Game 3 with 21 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes, but the Spurs will need more of that Manu magic with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) expected to sit out again.
May 22 - 11:47 AM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

An MRI confirmed a partially torn patella for David Lee, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Lee will go over his potential recovery options with the Spurs' medical staff over the next few days, and surgery is something that is being discussed. There's really no way that he'll be playing in Game 4 on Monday, which should translate to more minutes for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 3:07 PM

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hinted that Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

"If he's unable to play yesterday, I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow," Popovich said at Sunday's practice. Popovich added that "it wouldn't make much sense" to play Leonard at less than 100 percent, especially with his team trailing 3-0. Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson will pick up Leonard's minutes and will try to help the Spurs avoid a series sweep.
May 21 - 1:25 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4.
May 21 - 1:00 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

Lee will have an MRI on Sunday morning to confirm, but the writing was on the wall when he was seen leaving the court in a wheelchair. Needless to say, Lee won't be playing in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. Expect Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up some minutes with San Antonio's season on the line.
May 21 - 9:21 AM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee (left knee) will have an MRI on Sunday.

He needed to come off the court in a wheelchair and was clearly in some pain. Lee took contact to his knee while he was in the air and he also landed awkwardly. Because Lee didn't shoot the free throws, he was automatically ruled out, so it's tough to gauge what he's dealing with. If he's out for Game 4, Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans should play more.
May 20 - 11:48 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge had a night to forget in a Game 3 120-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

With a ton of pressure on him and coach Gregg Popovich saying Aldridge has "major responsibility" for this game, he may have played the worst first half he's ever played as a Spur. JaVale McGee outscored him 16 to six in the first half while LMA was late on everything for defense and on pursuing rebounds. He's just not a go-to guy right now. The Spurs miss Kawhi Leonard (ankle) a whole lot.
May 20 - 11:35 PM

Manu Ginobili thrived off the bench in a 120-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 21 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes.

He was the best player for the Spurs tonight and it wasn't close. Ginobili also had one of the best nutmegs you'll see as he split the defense while putting the ball through David West's legs (video in link below). The future Hall of Fame guard said he's going to take some time off to decide if he wants to retire, so hopefully Monday isn't his last game. A quick injury note: Manu was grabbing his hamstring in the second half, so we'll keep an eye out to make sure he's OK.
May 20 - 11:34 PM

Patty Mills made 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with one rebound, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He's been awful in this series and it's becoming even more clear why coach Gregg Popovich likes to bring him off the bench. Maybe Pop makes a change to start Dejounte Murray over Mills, but the Aussie guard should get heavy minutes regardless.
May 20 - 11:33 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol came off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

It was a mild surprise to see Davis Bertans and David Lee come in before Gasol, but Lee's injury may have brought Gasol in for more time than expected. With Lee likely out and LaMarcus Aldridge not playing well, maybe Gasol is looking at more minutes for Game 4.
May 20 - 11:32 PM

Kyle Anderson started on Saturday with six points, nine rebounds, five assists, one block and one turnover in 20 minutes against the Warriors.

He had to guard Kevin Durant for most of his time out there and Anderson was still able to turn in some stats. He also didn't play in garbage time, so maybe coach Gregg Popovich is looking to get him run again on Monday.
May 20 - 11:32 PM

Davis Bertans scored two points with four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He actually saw minutes in the first quarter and was a factor even before the David Lee (knee) injury. The Spurs need all the firepower they can get on offense and Bertans has been hot before during his rookie season, so maybe he's a possible solution for Game 4.
May 20 - 11:30 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee (left knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Warriors.

He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the and-one score. Lee did not shoot the free throws, so he's automatically ruled out for the game. The Spurs were already using Davis Bertans as a bench big ahead of Pau Gasol, so now Gasol should be in the rotation. Lee left the court on a wheelchair and may need to be re-evaluated.
May 20 - 9:31 PM

Kyle Anderson will start and Pau Gasol will move to the bench against the Warriors on Saturday.

Gasol has not played well at all in this series, so coach Gregg Popovich will go with a smaller lineup to help defend transition and the trey. Anderson did play well in Game 1 and he may have to guard Kevin Durant quite a bit, so don't expect much effort on offense.
May 20 - 8:32 PM

Jonathon Simmons will start in place of Kawhi Leonard (ankle) in Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

Simmons was superb in Game 2. He finished with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in just 25 minutes. Over the Spurs last five games this postseason, he is averaging 16.2 points (shooting 48.4 percent from the floor), 2.2 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.4 treys. Simmons is a pending free agent and will get paid handsomely this summer, especially after his stellar playoff performances.
May 20 - 1:05 PM


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