McDyess expects to play in Game 4 with sore neck

San Antonio center Antonio McDyess expects to play in Game 4
against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night despite a neck nerve
injury that forced him to leave Saturday night’s loss to the
Memphis Grizzlies.

Meanwhile, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said he still is hindered a
bit by an achy right elbow that caused him to miss Game 1 of the
series that Memphis leads 2-1.

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen isn’t so sure that Ginobili’s elbow
is hurting. Allen says Ginobili is playing so well, he wonders if
the injury is real.

McDyess was injured with 2:56 left in the game Saturday night
and was taken to the locker room before the end of Memphis’ win.
X-rays were negative, and the initial report was a strained neck.
He showed up for practice Sunday smiling and moving much better
after a night of rest and medication. He says the team’s medical
staff later described the injury as a compressed nerve.

”I feel a whole lot better,” said McDyess as he prepared for

Later when asked if he would be ready Monday night, McDyess
replied: ”No question. Even today, I think I would be ready.”

Allen’s comments about Ginobili came during the Grizzlies’ media
availability before the Spurs practiced. Ginobili injured the elbow
in the last game of the regular season, and it forced him to miss
the opening game of the postseason.

Ginobili said Sunday he continues to deal with soreness in the
elbow, but never raised any question that he was ready to play a
full complement of minutes for Game 4 on Monday night in

Allen, who has guarded Ginobili, was the one raising questions
about the San Antonio guard’s injury.

”He ain’t playing like his arm is hurt,” Allen said Sunday
morning. ”I think that’s all just for the birds right there. I
don’t think nothing’s wrong with him.”

Asked if he thought the bulky brace Ginobili has worn in Games 2
and 3 was for show, Allen said: ”Yeah. I think so. He’s playing
amazing right now.”

Ginobili seemed a bit surprised at Allen’s statements. He
laughingly acknowledged that he has been called a flopper, but not
a faker.

”I really don’t care,” Ginobili said regarding Allen’s
comments. ”I would like to not play with that brace. The previous
years we’ve had pretty good runs without an elbow brace. It is what
it is. Not a big deal.”