The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday by the score of 109-100. The win improved the Spurs to 61-18, first in the Southwest Division and best record in the NBA. The Spurs saw the return of guard Manu Ginobili, who injured his left calf on Tuesday.
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As reported by Mike Monroe at mysanantonio.com, Ginobili played only 14 minutes and 37 seconds against the Timberwolves before taking a knee to the left calf in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Marco Belinelli saw increased playing time with Ginobili out the second half, but had only three points in 26 minutes.
Ginobili returned to score ten points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three-point range. He also seven assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 29 minutes.
With only three games left in the regular season and the Spurs having all but locked up number one seed throughout the playoffs, don't be surprised if Ginobili sits tonight as a precaution. He's the Spurs' third leading scorer and the team needs his offense and veteran leadership in the post season.
Ginobili, the 36-year old veteran from Argentina, is in his 12th NBA season. In 65 games this season, Ginobili is averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. In 792 career games, Ginobili is averaging 14.7 points and four assists per game.