manu ginobili

After one game back in the lineup and two practices afterwards, Manu Ginobili said he’s pleased with his recovery as he comes back after a pulled oblique muscle that caused him to miss five games.

Ginobili said he felt good after playing more in the Spurs’ loss against Denver Sunday night than he initially expected.

“I played 23 minutes and was expecting to play 15,” Ginobili said. “I felt good. Of course, my muscles get tight still. I need to play for more than five games. But I felt good.”

Ginobili finished with eight points, hitting a pair of 3-point shots. He also logged eight minutes in the fourth quarter as the Spurs unsuccessfully attempted  to rally against the Nuggets.

– Reported by Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News (Blog)