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No mask for Manu's broken nose

4/25/2010

SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili won't wear a mask to protect his nose, which was broken by an inadvertent Dirk Nowitzki elbow during Game 3.

Ginobili will wear a splint, with tape going cheek to cheek. That's to keep his nose, which he got put back into place Saturday, from vibrating. He didn't want to wear a mask out of concern for his comfort and vision.

Plus, Ginobili isn't too worried about being popped again in his most prominent feature.

"Nothing really bad can happen besides hurting and breathing," said Ginobili, who had a couple of key drives after getting drilled by Dirk's 'bow. "You can break it a little more, but I’m going to have to fix it after the series or season or whatever. Now we don’t have time."