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Manu to return to starting lineup against NJ. LatinD jumps for joy

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So good was Hill — and the rest of his teammates — that Ginobili was allowed to rest for all but 8 minutes, 11 seconds of the blowout. Popovich has assured Ginobili the lineup will return to normal by the time the team tips off in New Jersey on Monday. At that point, Hill said he won’t mind returning to the bench. "At the end of the day, it’s basketball," Hill said. "No matter if you start or come off the bench, you just try to help your team win games." ------ As much as I like the see Manu start, every other thing points to Hill starting so that Manu can play the backup PG duties (since Hill is no backup PG) and have that energy to close out games thus reducing his minutes...

2/10 - Injury Updates

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INJURY UPDATES: Rookie center Tiago Splitter is questionable for tonight’s game after suffering a strained left hamstring Wednesday in Toronto. Rookie guard Gary Neal’s sore left groin responded well to rest and treatment Thursday. His availability will be determined after this morning’s shootaround.

Injury Updates

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TRAINING ROOM FULL: The Spurs’ training staff will have a busy day off. Tiago Splitter (strained left hamstring) and Gary Neal (tweaked right groin) left in the second half. Neither injury was immediately considered serious, though the pair will be re-evaluated today to determine their status for Friday at Philadelphia. The medical staff will also take a precautionary look at Matt Bonner’s right knee. After missing 10 games with a marrow edema, he played in both ends of the back-to-back.

Conditioning needed - James Anderson

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As most people expected..... Conditioning needed: Calling James Anderson "grossly out of shape" after missing 40 games with a stress fracture in his right foot, Popovich said the primary purpose of sending the rookie to Austin for a second time was to work on conditioning. The Spurs plan to leave Anderson in Austin for four or five games. "I think that will do him a lot more good than seeing if we’re up 20 or down 20 and putting him in for three minutes," Popovich said. "We want to get him back ready to be put in a game." 48minutesofhell has another good line from Pop on the rehab: During recent three on three drills, Anderson looked so winded, Popovich, joked, "he made me tired just watching him. He’ll have three good practices this week [in Austin] on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then they have 4 or 5 games coming up that are pretty quick. That will do him a lot more good than me waiting to see if we’re up 20 or down 20 to put him in for 2 or 3 minutes…we want to get him back ready to be put into a game."

Bonner to make trip, but doubtful for Tuesday

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His teammates having left the practice court to pump some iron in the team’s weight training facility, Spurs forward Matt Bonner looked lonely Sunday while shooting free throws in the company of a pair of coaching interns. One of the interns asked Bonner whether he would be making the first leg of the Spurs’ Rodeo Road Trip — a three-game trek to Portland, Los Angeles and Sacramento — and the team’s best long-distance shooter shrugged his shoulders. He suffered a bone bruise in his right knee Jan. 12, and the injury was recently diagnosed as bone marrow edema. Painfully aware that the knee has been slow to heal, Bonner half-expected to be left behind to focus on rest and treatment. After all, the team had sent him home before the conclusion of its three-game trip to New Orleans, Golden State and Utah. Instead, he was told after practice that he would accompany the team when it departs this afternoon for Portland but would be listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game.

Neal likely to play tonight against Houston

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Rookie Spurs guard Gary Neal is listed as probable tonight for the Spurs’ game against Houston as he recovers from a sore left knee. Neal worked out at the team’s Saturday morning shootaround practice and will try to play against the Rockets, team officials said. Neal was injured in the second half of the Spurs’ victory over Utah Wednesday night. He sat for most of the fourth quarter with his knee wrapped in ice.

Bonner out, Neal uncertain for Rockets

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*sigh* Come back soon, Anderson! "Spurs forward Matt Bonner will miss today’s game against Houston as he continues to recover from a bone bruise on his right knee." "After Friday’s practice, it is undetermined if rookie guard Gary Neal will play against the Rockets. Neal sustained an injury to his rear end and his left knee late in the Spurs’ victory at Utah Wednesday night." "Neal practiced Friday, but had a brace on his left knee. He did not appear to be hobbling as he went through his final drills when reporters were present."

SI.com: The World - Gary Neal

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With Spurs guard Gary Neal. The 6-4 Neal is a 26-year-old rookie who spent the last three years playing in Italy, Spain and Turkey. This season, he has played in every game while averaging 8.6 points in 18.4 minutes and shooting 39.6 percent from the three-point line -- the result of an overseas investment in his ambition of an NBA career. "What was driving me every day to do two practices and perform was to have a chance at the NBA," he said. "That was my goal." What made him think he could achieve that goal? He had gone undrafted in 2007 after averaging 25.3 points as a senior at Towson. He sought respect by yielding to a new system of preparation.

Anderson shooting again, but what does it mean?

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After missing the past 27 games with a stress fracture in his right foot, Anderson remains on track to return to full contact later this month. What happens next isn’t exactly clear. Anderson, the Spurs’ No. 1 pick out of Oklahoma State last June, impressed with his poise and shooting ability in his six-game indoctrination into the NBA prior to being injured. But he’s also missed seven weeks and counting, and the Spurs have moved on without him en route to the league’s best record. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remains bullish on Anderson’s immediate future. "He showed such a proclivity to catch on quickly," Popovich said. "I would expect he will do it again." Still, there aren’t a lot of backup minutes available on the wing for the Spurs. Not with George Hill and Gary Neal alternately playing like potential Sixth Men of the Year.

Rondo is back in action

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The Boston match should be a better balanced match now. Hopefully they make work of the Knicks quickly.

Hill will miss "a few games" with sprained toe

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Spurs guard George Hill will miss "another few games" as he recovers from a sprained right big toe. Hill was involved in some light shooting drills at Sunday’s shootaround practice. His injured foot was encased in a plastic boot. Coach Gregg Popovich said that Hill had been trying to play through the injury since it occurred in the Portland game and later played games last week against Milwaukee and Denver before sitting out the Spurs’ 112-106 overtime victory against Memphis Saturday night.

Injury update: Hill probable vs. Rockets

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Backup guard George Hill, who missed Wednesday’s victory at Phoenix with a stiff neck, has been upgraded to probable for Saturday’s contest against the Rockets.

Dorell Wright to Golden State

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:( Warriors general manager Larry Riley promised that he would get a small forward, and it appears he has delivered. Dorell Wright and Golden State are on the verge of signing a free-agent contract, sources close to negotiations said Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-9, 24-year-old was the 19th overall pick out of high school in the 2004 draft. He averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds for Miami last season and is considered a plus defender. "We're looking at several 3-men, and we feel like we're close to a deal," Riley said. A Warriors source said Wright "is the direction we're going to go."

Bringing in Temple a timely transaction

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When Collis Temple, a Spur for 24 games in the 1974-75 ABA season, visited Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League tournament last July, he collared anyone who would listen and preached a message straight from a proud father's heart....

MYSA: No Hill until playoffs?

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No Hill until playoffs? Point guard George Hill hobbled as he walked down an AT&T Center hallway before Friday's game against Memphis, and Popovich said Hill's hopes of playing again in the regular season are just as shaky as his gait. Hill, who strained an ankle tendon in Sunday's victory over the Lakers, almost certainly won't play until the playoffs begin next weekend. The Spurs' regular season ends Wednesday at Dallas. "He can't move laterally, so I'd be shocked if he played Monday or Wednesday," Popovich said. "I don't know how he could." With Tony Parker still not ready to start after returning from a broken finger, Garrett Temple made his third start at point guard Friday, collecting eight points and two assists. Popovich said he's been impressed with what he's seen from the rookie. "He's basically been solid," Popovich said.

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