Duncan’s shooting practice - Ginobili doubtful..& More on Spurs...
by LeAnna Kosub in Spurs
As Stephen Jackson walked to one corner of the Spurs’ practice facility to answer questions about Tim Duncan posed by reporters, Duncan was at the opposite end of the facility shooting mid-range jump shots.It was a welcome sight for all of Duncan’s teammates, eyewitness verification of the MRI report that revealed the team captain had suffered no structural damage in his left knee in a scary fall in Saturday’s 96-86 victory over the Washington Wizards.
“When you first see it, there’s nothing positive in your mind,” Spurs guard Gary Neal said. “Through the grace of God, it was nothing serious and Timmy will probably be back with us in the middle of the road trip.”
Stephen Jackson said he departed the AT&T Center after the game convinced Duncan’s injury was not serious because he had seen Duncan walking normally shortly after the injury. Nevertheless, he was relieved by the clean MRI result.
“It was a scare to us, the organization, the fans and everybody,” Jackson said. “We’re glad he’s all right.”
Ginobili doubtful: Duncan was able to go through some light shooting drills in the team’s final practice session before it departs this afternoon for Minneapolis, site of the first game of the annual rodeo road trip.
But veteran guard Manu Ginobili did not take part. He is listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game with tightness in his left hamstring.
Ginobili missed four games after suffering a strained left hamstring on Jan. 13 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He returned Jan. 23 and played four games before experiencing tightness in the second half of a Jan. 30 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Joseph an All-Star: Cory Joseph, the second-year point guard who has split time between the Spurs and the Austin Toros since being the 29th overall selection in the 2011 draft, on Monday was selected to play in the D-League All-Star Game in Houston on NBA All-Star Weekend.
Joseph has played 18 games for the Toros this season and ranks as the D-Leauge’s No. 2 scorer, at 19.9 points per game. He is 11th in assists, at 4.7 per game. He also has seen action in 10 Spurs games, averaging 1.9 points.
Super happy: When the lights went out during the third quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Baltimore native Neal smelled conspiracy. He wasn’t fully relieved until the end of the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
“It was an entertaining game, overall, and I’m just happy that my favorite team, the Ravens, was able to come out with the win,” he said.
Baynes returns: With Duncan listed as day to day, the Spurs recalled recently signed rookie AronÖ Baynes from the D-League Austin Toros. Baynes played two games against the Bakersfield Jam over the weekend, averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.
“It was a plan to go up there and get some game fitness back,” Baynes said. “It wasn’t going to be a long stay. Just go up and get some work and come back — try and get me a step-ahead-type thing.”
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