A sign that tonight's season finale against Utah remains significant for the Spurs: Manu Ginobili is expected to play.
Ginobili has missed the past three games with a strained groin, and coach Gregg Popovich vowed to play it safe with his leading scorer. The last thing he wanted was an injured Ginobili heading into the postseason.
After shootaround this morning, Popovich sent word through team spokesman Tom James that Ginobili is likely to give it a go.
We'd guess it didn't take too much convincing from Ginobili.
It's an important game for the Spurs. A victory would make the difference between opening the playoffs at home, or going on the road -- most likely against the Jazz or Suns.