NBA Notes: Manu Ginobili out 3-4 weeks

NBA Notes: Manu Ginobili out 3-4 weeks
April 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
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SAN ANTONIO  -- Spurs guard Manu Ginobili could miss the start of the playoffs because of a strained hamstring that is expected to sideline him three to four weeks.

The timetable released by the Spurs on Monday comes a day after Ginobili did not play in an 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old Ginobili injured his right hamstring in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

The regular season ends April 17. San Antonio is one game ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference and may now have to protect that lead without their third-leading scorer. Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists.

The Spurs recently went 6-2 without All-Star Tony Parker before the point guard returned from an ankle sprain.

- Associated Press

Dooling signs with Grizzlies
Keyon Dooling has come out of retirement to help the Memphis Grizzlies in its playoff run (via ProBasketballTalk).

"I am so honored to announce that I AM BACK!" tweeted Dooling. "I am heading to officially sign w/ @MemGrizz and am looking forward to being back on the court!"

Dooling is unlikely to get a lot of minutes for the Grizzlies, but will add a veteran presence.

Last season with the Celtics, Dooling averaged four points and 1.1 assists per game.

Brandon Roy aims for return
Brandon Roy has missed all but the first five games of the season with knee issues, but hopes to return this week for the Minnesota Timberwolves (via ProBasketballTalk).

Roy told the Pioneer Press that "he has been practicing hard for two weeks, that his tender right knee is improving and that he'll ask coach Rick Adelman this week if he can return to the court."

Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in five games to start the season.

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