Manu Ginobili ruled out for Game 1

Updated: April 17, 2011, 4:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Manu Ginobili didn't play in a 101-98, Game 1 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Coach Gregg Popovich said he would taking no chances after his All-Star sprained his right elbow in the regular-season finale. George Hill will start in Ginobili's place Sunday.

Popovich said Ginobili wasn't happy about the decision. He wouldn't speculate whether Ginobili would be ready for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Ginobili is San Antonio's second-leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points.

The 33-year-old practiced with the Spurs on Saturday, and his teammates had thought Ginobili would likely play.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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