Manu Ginobili Set to Return Monday

Amanda RobertsonContributor INovember 21, 2008

Manu Ginobili said Friday he'd like to come back for the game against Memphis.

This could help pull the Spurs above .500 for the first time this season.

"When he's ready, that's when he's going to play," Popovich said. "And, right now, he's not ready."

I was sure Pop wouldn't have it; he won't risk another injury.

Plus—the Spurs are managing without him. Roger Mason Jr. and IUPUI graduate George Hill have stepped up, including in the 119-94 victory over the Utah Jazz this Friday.

Mason hit seven three-pointers, which contributed to the Spurs 15-25 (60 percent) shooting from three-point land. He exploded for 28 points, and Hill hit 23.

Do those numbers seem familiar?

Backcourt team Ginobili and Tony Parker often had sets like this one, known to go off at any moment and completely assassinate the other team with their fast break offense.

So when Parker and Ginobili do return, San Antonio could be guaranteed a five person scoring touch—from the starters to the key bench players.

So Western Conference, notice of warning:

Buckle up.