Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on how long the Spurs expect Manu Ginobili to be out:
Manu Ginobili will miss three-to-four weeks with a strained left hamstring, the Spurs say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 29, 2014
Paul Castro, the team's Spanish play-by-play announcer, indicated that it wasn't anything serious but merely tightness in his bothersome hammy:
Manu Ginobili (tightness, left hamstring) will not return to tonight's game.— Paul Castro (@PaulCastroNBA) January 29, 2014
Ginobili missed two games earlier this month after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 110-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 7.
He's since returned for each of the past eight games and shown no sign of injury, though the 36-year-old guard's performance has been down of late. Ginobili scored only 17 total points in San Antonio's last four games coming into Tuesday night, including three points on 1-of-7 shooting in the team's nationally televised loss to Miami over the weekend.
It's not clear whether Ginobili's struggles were related to any soreness he might be feeling. He had scored nine points in 14 minutes before leaving against the Rockets.
Gregg Popovich discussed Ginobili's injury after the game, courtesy of ESPN's news services.
"I can't take that chance," Popovich told reporters after the Spurs' 97-90 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
Ginobili has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance overall in 2013-14, averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. In the event of a long-term absence, the rotation of Patty Mills, Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli will have to step up. The Spurs are averaging 114.1 points per 100 possessions with Ginobili on the floor compared to 103.1 when he's on the bench, per NBA.com. Some of that has to do with which lineups Ginobili plays with, but suffice it to say San Antonio will be in need of a scoring punch in the interim.
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