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Manu Ginobili to miss Spurs season opener with back pain

Oct 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Terrel Harris AP

This is not the way the San Antonio Spurs want to start the season.

Manu Ginobili will not travel with the Spurs to New Orleans for the season opener due to ongoing back issues, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili’s back will be reassessed on Thursday. Which implies this could last a while longer, which isn’t a shock as Ginobili has battled back spasms for a long time.

With Ginoblili out look for a lot more Stephen Jackson in the Spurs lineup, with some Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green also.

Some teams struggle when key players get injured, but the Spurs aren’t one. They’ve played a lot without Manu over the past few seasons, they trust the system and know how to win without him. They have won a lot without him.

And that kind of structure and comfort within it is something hard for young teams like the Hornets to deal with.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Lets go Captain-Jack, he has to pick up from his last playoff game performance!!!

  2. misterdreamer119 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I dont know why he plays the olympics.

  3. savvybynature - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    “With Ginoblili out look for a lot more Stephen Jackson in the Spurs lineup, with some Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green also.”

    This shows you have no clue about the Spurs. Leonard is already the starting 3. Leonard was going to get a lot of run regardless. S Jax is his primary back up. Both he and S Jax also put in some time at the 4 in small ball lineups, so though both can play the 2 this isn’t likely to greatly affect their usage.

    The Spurs have a plethora of quality subs in the back court. Look for more Gary Neal and possibly some Nando de Colo, both play makers with the ball in their hands and more capable of replicating some of what Manu does for the second unit than Leonard or Jackson.

  4. claymatthewshairplugs - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Did he get injured on one of his patented flops?

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