The San Antonio Spurs have lost guard Manu Ginobili for the rest of the season, including the playoffs.
Ginobili missed 19 games after the All-Star break to heal a stress reaction in his right distal fibula. He returned Mar. 25, but tests showed the stubborn injury is now a fracture.
It seems his ankle has only gotten worse since then, forcing him to shut down his season.
Ginobili is not expected to need surgery.
From a practical standpoint, this may very well end the Spurs title run for this season.
You may recall that in last year's playoffs the Spurs, with a wounded Ginobili, had no answer for their opponents perimeter scorers. This problem was exposed and capitalized on by the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.
With Ginobili out again, the Spurs playoff run will likely end in the same fashion.