UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 12 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
It looks as though Ginobili will be available for the Spurs and possibly even play limited minutes in Wednesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets. From the team's Twitter account:
Injury reports: M. Ginobili will be in uniform, may play limited minutes. K. Leonard out left knee contusion. T. Duncan out sore left knee.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 23, 2013
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Ginobili took to Twitter to update fans on his condition:
Just finished with the MRI. Grade 1 strained left hamstring. 10/14 days out. Will be back shortly. Thanks 4 ur support!!— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) January 14, 2013
The injury occurred shortly before halftime in the Spurs’ 106-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
In his 11th season in the NBA, Ginobili is averaging 12.9 points per game in 24.4 minutes each night. The 35-year-old’s veteran presence has once again helped San Antonio get off to a successful start.
The Spurs have the third-best record in the Western Conference at 29-11 and are winning games by executing Gregg Popovich’s offense to perfection. The team ranks third in points per game and leads the league in assists per game.
With veterans such as Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw all logging significant minutes, San Antonio is once again one of the older teams in the league.
This comes with benefits, as few teams show more discipline and consistency. But it also comes with an elevated risk of injury to key players, and Ginobili provides an example of this.
The rest of the team now needs to step up and compensate for his absence. As Jackson told the San Antonio News-Express’ Dan McCarney, “One person won’t be able to fill Manu’s shoes for what he does. Me, Gary (Neal), a couple other guys off the bench have to do it collectively.”
If Ginobili takes a full two weeks to recover, he will miss seven games and return for a home game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 30.