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Manu Ginobili to have hand surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Jan 4, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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The San Antonio Spurs are going to have to get by without their best player for a couple weeks longer than they thought.

Ginobili is going to have surgery on his broken hand Thursday and will be out six to eight weeks, coach Gregg Popovich announced, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili tweeted that plates and screws will be put into his hand to repair the bone.

Ginobili broke his hand in a freak accident Monday night reaching in to slap the ball away from Anthony Tolliver of the Timberwolves.

The Spurs are 3-2 right now and will have to find a way to play about .500 ball without Ginobili to make sure they make the playoffs. If they fall behind it will be hard to climb back into a crowded Western Conference playoff picture even with Ginobili.

The problem is that in the past when one of the Spurs “big three” went down the other two stepped up and filled in the gap. Tim Duncan may not be able to physically do that anymore and even if he could the condensed schedule will wear on the Spurs. San Antonio has six games in eight days starting Wednesday against Golden State and has six back-to-backs in the next month alone.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I’d be surprized as hell if the Spurs made the playoffs this year. Last 2 seeds I think will go to Denver and Minnasota/Houston. This is a huge blow. Duncan is falling off fast and TP looks like his best days are now behind him, he’s still good and will be for many years, all I’m saying is he is not going to get any better, no real centers besides Splitter spell disaster out west, and Richard Jefferson? HAA! I don’t have a clue as to why he didn’t get waived. Pop’ is a great coach but he’s got his work cut out for him.

    • philiplewis1 - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      I agree. The Spurs have been hanging on the past few years using baling wire and tape to hold things together. They’re still pretty good but the loss of Ginobli will be tough to overcome. The positive side is that it may force Pop to play younger more athletic players which he has an aversion to doing. Also, I’ve seen Minnesota play twice now on TV and they look pretty good. Rubio and Barrera are making a big difference while Kevin Love is better than ever.

  2. ragingmouse - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    “Can’t catch a break”…definitely no pun intended!
    I hope some if the younger guys step up!

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