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 last week.
San Antonio is 1½ games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference. Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists.
Around the league
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl believes his team will maintain their fast-paced offense even with speedy point guard Ty Lawson on the sideline. Lawson is out indefinitely with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. … James Harden and Chandler Parsons, Houston’s top two scorers, sat out against Orlando. Harden has a sore right foot, an injury stemming from a sprained right ankle he sustained in a Feb. 12 game against Golden State. Parsons is out with food poisoning. … Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce did not travel with the team for its game against Minnesota due to what the team called personal reasons. … Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a detached retina.