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Spurs expect to get Ginobili back before All-Star Break

Feb 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Michael Beasley AP

The San Antonio Spurs are out drinking wine and enjoying their annual Rodeo road trip, where bull riders kick the Spurs out of their building for a few weeks.

But there is some good news coming — the Spurs expect to get Manu Ginobili back sometime during the trip in the coming weeks. That according to the Express-News Spurs Blog.

Ginobili, out since fracturing the fifth metacarpal in his left hand Jan. 2 in Minnesota, is on pace to return before the team comes home.

The original timetable of 6-8 weeks could put Ginobili back in the middle of the Spurs’ West Coast swing later this month, but there’s always a chance the 34-year-old guard could beat that prognosis.

San Antonio has been an impressive 13-7 without Ginobili. They have gotten some vintage performances out of Tim Duncan and great games lately from Tony Parker.

But in the five games before he broke his hand, Ginobili was scoring 17.4 points a game on 59.3 percent shooting and was setting up teammates, getting the offense flowing. With him back the Spurs become a very good team (which they were last season when they won 61 games).

  1. ragingmouse - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Don’t sleep on the spurs…

    They’re playing with a lot of energy and grit!!!

  2. halfcourthero - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    The bellicheck of basketball knows how to coach during the short season. But they don’t have an answer for Mia… Too much speed

    • savvybynature - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Hold your horses there. Miami and SA have a long way to go yet before thinking about the Finals, it isn’t even All-Star break yet. But I agree with the poster above, I wouldn’t want to play a healthy Spurs in the West, if they are indeed healthy. Parker became the Spurs all-time assist leader the other night btw in a 42 point, 9 assist and 0 turnover night against the Thunder. He has played the best ball of his career so far this season. You wouldn’t have noticed if you rely on pbt for your bball content tho because they, like most media outlets, tend to ignore the Spurs and didn’t post anything about it.

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