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Spurs Ginobili out for Game one, after that who knows

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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Again, this is why you don’t play your stars in meaningless late regular season games.

Manu Ginobili will be out for Game 1 of the Spurs first round series against the Grizzlies due to a sprained right elbow.

Which sucks. But it may not hurt them that much this series. What they need is a guy coming off a high pick to draw a big out (Tony Parker can do that) and put a guy in the corner who can drain the three (George Hill can do that).

Now, in a second round matchup with Oklahoma City, they need all hands — and elbows — on deck.

But the challenges the Grizzlies create are not Ginobili related. Still, they will miss him. His return is a question mark.