With Manu Ginobili Out for Year, The San Antonio Spurs' Season is in Peril

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 08:  Manu Ginobili #20 of San Antonio Spurs goes up for two as Kendrick Perkins  #43 of the Boston Celtics on February 8, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Spurs defeated the Celtics 105-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.