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Ginobili has right elbow sprain, doubtful for Game 1 Sunday

San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after an injury in the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Tuesday night against the Lakers, Gregg Popovich sat his three big stars and there were people saying that he was just tanking to make sure the Spurs avoided the Lakers in the second round.

He played them Wednesday night, to get them some run, and showed why it’s a good idea to sit them.

MRI results on Manu Ginobili’s right elbow show a sprain and he is now doubtful for Game 1 Sunday against the Grizzlies, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe in San Antonio.

The second game in that series is Wednesday.

San Antonio expects a tough first round match up against a Grizzlies team with a strong front line — Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol — as well as some talented guys playing well on the wings, like Tony Allen. San Antonio will need Ginobili to get comfortably through this round.

Ginobili injured himself on a fall after colliding with Grant Hill just 2:14 into the game.