Manu Ginobili Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Hamstring

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2013

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

Good news for the Spurs as they prepare for the postseason, as Manu Ginobili will suit up tonight, per the team's Twitter account.

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 1, at 12:56 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

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:

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 30, at 1:08 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Ginobili will not be available for Sunday's game against the Miami Heat, according to the team's official Twitter feed. A timetable has yet to be established for his return:

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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:

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.