Phoenix’s Leandro Barbosa (above) is expected to miss 1-3 weeks after suffering a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Predictably, he holds the Spurs’ Manu Ginobli responsible. From the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili fell backward into the side of Barbosa’s knee, and after watching a replay, Barbosa believes the injury could have been avoided.
“Ginobili always likes to flop,” Barbosa said. “Nobody even touched him.”
Ginobili was apparently trying to get position over Raja Bell when he stumbled backward.
“He just flopped,” Barbosa said. “That’s why I feel sad to hurt myself like that. I wish I could have hurt myself in another way.”
Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said: “(Ginobili) got tangled up a little bit with Raja Bell and just to make his point, he was falling down. It was an accident.”