The San Antonio Spurs could be without star shooting guard Manu Ginobili for a while. Ginobili sustained an injury to his right hamstring against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 29, and the timeline for his return does not look good.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 11:45 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Manu Ginobili expected to play tonight. Tiago Splitter will be out along with Tracy McGrady.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 17, 2013
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Disappointing news for Spurs fans as Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is expected to miss up to one month of action, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will miss 3-4 weeks with a strained right hamstring, team announced Monday. Tough loss for Spurs.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) April 1, 2013
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UPDATE: Saturday, March 30, at 1:08 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
Injury report: Manu Ginobili (strained right hamstring) will not play tomorrow vs. Miami. A timeline for his return has not been set.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 30, 2013
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According to the team's official Twitter feed, he was pulled from Friday's game with tightness in his right hamstring and will not be able to return:
Manu Ginobili will not return to tonight's game due to tightness in his right hamstring.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 30, 2013
Nagging injuries have been the norm for the Argentinian this season. He's already missed 13 of the Spurs' 71 games this season and is averaging only 23.8 minutes per game.
Even with his limited role, he has been a key part to the Spurs' success this season. He's averaging 12.1 points and 4.7 assists per game on 42 percent shooting from the field.
San Antonio currently holds a narrow lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top seed in the Western Conference, but will need a healthy Ginobili if to make a deep run in the postseason.
Ginobili missed an extended period of time in January with hamstring issues, but that injury was to his left hamstring. This time, it is the right one that will need some rest.
With Ginobili out of the lineup, the Spurs will need starting shooting guard Danny Green to shoulder some more of the scoring load. The same could be said of reserves Gary Neal and Stephen Jackson, who should log heavier minutes going forward.
Be sure to return to this page for all of the latest updates on Ginobili's status as he works to return from this injury.