Spurs’ Ginobili aims for return to court

Manu Ginobili of the Spurs announced his retirement earlier this week.

Manu Ginobli of the San Antonio Spurs missed his third consecutive game Sunday, sitting out the Spurs’ contest against visiting Indiana.

However, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Ginobli, who has been sidelined by a right thigh contusion suffered last Monday against Indiana, hopes to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, according to a report.

“I was hoping to play today,” the 40-year-old Ginobili told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Pacers. “I worked out (Saturday), and the leg is not quite ready yet. It’s not strong enough, a little sore.

“Hopefully, I can play the next one (against the Cavaliers on Tuesday).”

Ginobli, now in his 16th season as a Spur, is averaging 9.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.5 minutes in 37 games, all off the bench, this season.