• With San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili still doubtful after suffering a hyperextended right elbow, George Hil will be the player Gregg Popovich will turn to:
While Popovich expressed a glimmer of hope Ginobili may still answer the bell for Game 1, he seemed resigned to starting the series without him. “You have a day and half to see if he heals anymore and see what’s going on,” Popovich said. “But at this point, George Hill will be the guy who will start.”
“With or without Manu, George Hill is important to us,” Popovich said. “He’s a fine young player who does a good job at both ends of the court. Manu’s injury has nothing to do with George in that sense. Even with Manu, he’s got to play well for us.” (kens5.com)
• ProBasketballTalk.com lists Hill as the Spurs' x-factor:
George Hill, San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs count on their bench guys to come in, play the system, defend and knock down shots. Hill does it beautifully. He shot 37.7 percent from three and gave the Spurs 12 points a game, getting big minutes (28 a game). The Spurs bench has been their undoing (well, part of it) in recent seasons and Hill will be key to changing that this time around.
• Express News Tim Griffin says Tim Duncan's ankle is still not 100%:
Tim Duncan said he is gradually recovering from a sprained left ankle that caused him to miss four games last month. The injury occurred on March 21, leading to a late tailspin that saw the Spurs lose all four games he missed.
• Spurs fans know Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen can slow down Manu Ginobili and can back it up. Check out what he told Miami Heat's LeBron James:
“My assignment was not to let you score,” Allen was heard telling LeBron on the floor. “And I did not let you score.” (yahoo.com)