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Spurs’ Ginobili won’t play Game 1 against Memphis

- Associated Press - Sunday, April 17, 2011

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Spurs guard Manu Ginobili won't play in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Coach Gregg Popovich says he is taking no chances after his All-Star sprained his right elbow in the regular-season finale. George Hill will start in Ginobili's place Sunday.

Popovich said Ginobili wasn't happy about the decision. He wouldn't speculate whether Ginobili would be ready for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Ginobili is San Antonio's second-leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points.

The 33-year-old practiced with the Spurs on Saturday, and his teammates thought Ginobili would likely play.

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