Manu Ginobili injury status is no joke to San Antonio Spurs fans

Manu Ginobili

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joked about Manu Ginobili missing the rest of the Western Conference Finals series.

After seeing their 2-0 series lead over Oklahoma City Thunder reduced by one, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was still in the mood for wisecracks.

36-year-old Manu Ginobili was forced off in the fourth quarter with a foot injury, and Popovich gave the following diagnosis:

"He’s be fine, or he’ll be out for the rest of the playoffs."

But don't worry yet Spurs fans, Popovich was just aiming a lighthearted dig at opponents Oklahoma, after Serge Ibaka returned to lead the Thunder to a 106-97 win, scoring 15.

Ibaka had been expected to miss the entire series through injury, although Popovich had said ahead of Game 3 that he wasn't buying it.

Popovich scored 23 points, including six three pointers, a season high.

For the Spurs, losing him now would be harmful to their play-off run, needing to be at optimum health should they face last season's Finals opponents Miami Heat for the Championship if they gg there.

Ginobili himself allayed any fears he could miss Game 4, or the rest of the series, stating there was 'no major concern' regarding his foot.

Even so, joking over his injury status is probably not good for the heart rates of supporters in San Antonio.