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Update: Manu Ginobili out 3-4 weeks after straining hamstring

Jan 29, 2014, 4:58 PM EST

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UPDATE 4:57 pm: Turns out this was worse than the Spurs were letting on at first.

Manu Ginobili will be out 3-4 weeks, the team announced. Ginobili had an MRI on his leg Wednesday and it revealed the strain. The Spurs do not mess around with these injuries, preferring to rest their players more now and have them healthy in the playoffs than to win a couple more regular season games.

But San Antonio will miss Ginobili, who has been a leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. The Spurs are 14 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents when he is on the court and that kind of production is just hard to replace. Even for the Spurs in their system.

2:08 pm: This is one of those things where if it were the playoffs he could probably go, but there is no reason to risk it for a January game.

Manu Ginobili will not suit up for the Spurs Wednesday night after tweaking his hamstring Thursday night.

In the third quarter Tuesday night Ginobili went up for a dunk and clearly tweaked in on the play, instantly going back to the locker room with the training staff. He did not return and coach Gregg Popovich wasted no time after that game saying Ginobili was out. It’s the regular season and Popovich isn’t going to take risks now.

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The good news is the Spurs are describing the injury as hamstring “tightness” and not any kind of pull or strain.

No Ginobili means a lot more Marco Belinelli, plus maybe a few minutes for guys like Cory Joseph, Patty Mills or Nando De Colo.

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Ginobili is done. Retire

    • ranfan12 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Lmfao how often are people done over hamstring injuries of all things, especially strains. Not a hamstring tear, a strain.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Spurs will get knocked off in the second round.

      • shanelsweet - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        I’ll play along for a bit. Who do you think has the experience and talent to beat them unless one or more of Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Bellinelli, Leonard and Bonner get injured?

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        And the Knicks say “there is a 2nd round in the playoffs?”

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Manu’s PER is over 19 so far this year.

      A PER of 20 is borderline all star.

      15.0 is the league average PER.

      Yeah, he sounds done to me…

  2. truthb3t0ld - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    shanelsweet | Jan 29, 2014, 6:46 PM EST
    I’ll play along for a bit. Who do you think has the experience and talent to beat them unless one or more of Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Bellinelli, Leonard and Bonner get injured?
    _______________________________________________

    Ummm, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Portland Trailblazers… Also, why include Bonner and not Tiago Splitter?

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