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Manu Ginobili suffers broken hand, out indefinitely

Jan 3, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

Manu Ginobil broke a bone in his left hand during the Spurs’ 106-96 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, and there is no timetable set for his return according to a team release. Just as a reminder, Ginobili is left handed, so this is his shooting hand.

Ginobili suffered the injury on a defensive play, reaching in on a drive from the Wolves’ Anthony Tolliver.

It didn’t look too bad initially, but the hit caused a fracture to the fifth metacarpal, which is the bone just below the pinky finger. Ginobili will be examined further in San Antonio on Tuesday. James Anderson will start in his place.

This is a severe blow to the 3-2 Spurs, as Ginobili leads the team in multiple offensive categories, including scoring at 17.2 points per game, field goal percentage (.592) and three-point field goal percentage (.519). When you add in the fact that Ginobili is fantastic at creating for himself or his teammates off the dribble with the ball in his hands, his contributions will be sorely missed, no matter how long he’s out.

  1. philliphernandez - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Bad break for the Spurs. It really hurts during a short season.

  2. anhdazman - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    These are the type of injuries that can wreak a team’s season. Warriors need to take advantage of this situation.

  3. edmazeing1 - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    This is BS, lost one of the best back up PG in Hill, fail to get any SF to sign, fail to sign a 7footer, Now the best Off player spurs have goes down to injury, Whats NEXT SPURS?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      30 wins and a trip to the Draft Lottery?

  4. kyleortonsarm - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Good. Manu is a punk anyway.

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