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Manu Ginobili suffers strained oblique vs. Clippers, more tests coming

Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili AP

Manu Ginobili suffered a strained oblique muscle against the Clippers during the Spurs’ 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday, the Spurs announced after the game. There is no timetable for his return, and further diagnostic tests are planned.

Ginobili only recently returned from a fractured bone in his hand. He’s played spectacularly well, so the Spurs will miss him, but at the same time, their win over the Clippers in overtime Saturday marked their tenth straight, the majority without Ginobili. They’re made to weather his absence, but it’s still an unfortunate turn of events. Ginobili’s absence in the first round of the playoffs last season against the Grizzlies contributed heavily to their exit.

In reality, the Spurs needed a rather fortuitous turn of events involving a rare clutch time turnover from Chris Paul to steal the victory. An errant inbounds pass from Ryan Gomes resulted in a turnover straight to Gary Neal, who calmly drained a three to tie the game and send it to overtime. That was the good luck for the Spurs.

Losing their second-best player for an extended period of time (Tony Parker gets top honors currently) was the bad. They also lost Tiago Splitter to a strained hamstring.

After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that the Spurs head “lost him again for a while.” There are further diagnostic tests planned to determine the severity of the injury and establish a timetable. We’ll keep you updated.

  1. losangelasbasketball - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Strained what? Is that a muscle or something? Why dont they just say, strained vagina?

  2. thestudiokida - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Manu Ginobili is by far their best player. If you don’t know that then you don’t know much about basketball.

    • qdog112 - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Really? Tony Parker begs to differ.

      • george3246 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        You couldn’t have said it better, qdog.

        TP has been phenomenal over the last month to shut up any doubters of his All Star status. He made OKC’s Westbrook look like a chump on his way to 34 points & 13 assists and CP3 like an also ran last night.

        The Spurs have arrived at 22-9 primarily without Manu’s help. I haven’t checked statistics for team bench production, but I’d bet that they’re in the top three for bench minutes and point production/difference.

        NBA beware of a small reminder that the Spurs won their first championship as a result of the last shortened NBA season. Every real fan knows that the NBA’s best coach, Pop, manages his players time like the future HOF coach that he is. If he can keep key players healthy, the Spurs will go deep into the playoffs.

        Btw, I believe that obliques are the rib cage muscles.

  3. binkystevens - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Old man is bald

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