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What good is a team without their second-leading scorer (he was first until yesterday when Tony Parker got 42 points)?
Currently first in the NBA Southwest Division is not bad, but not good enough for the Spurs, who have been there and done that.
Being in first place is great during the regular season, and will really help the Spurs during the playoffs with home-court advantage if they continue to play well.
However, this team needs to take it to the next level, and that means everyone needs to be healthy. Manu Ginobili is not only the second-leading scorer this year for the team with 17.4 points a game, but he is also the glue to this team.
Yes, we can look at the numbers...Manu contributes more than points; he is shooting field goals at 59.2 percent, 51.9 percent from three-point land, and is averaging almost four rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals a game.
While these numbers are great, what Manu brings most to the Spurs is his experience and leadership.
He is the offense when Tim and Tony can't buy a basket.
He is the defense when the opponent's team best player is scoring at will.
He is the go-to guy in the fourth quarter, and is the most dependable player at the free-throw line, which the Spurs are notoriously horrific at.
When will he be back? He was injured on Jan. 3rd and had hand surgery, which has given him an expected "six to eight weeks" time off the court.
But he is already making progress.
On Jan. 31st, Manu tweeted "Nice to start using my lefty again. I missed it! I started shooting and dribbling carefully. Can't wait."
Expect him to be back during this road trip!