San Antonio Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili suffered a testicular injury against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 3, which required surgery, and hasn't played since. However, he's ready to return to the court.
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Ginobili Active vs. Kings
Saturday, March 5
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Ginobili will play against Sacramento, per Paul Garcia of Project Spurs.
Ginobili Cleared by Doctors
Wednesday, March 2
Before stepping back on the court, Ginobili wants to get in better condition, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, who added that the forward expects to play next week.
Aging Ginobili Remains Solid Piece to Spurs
Ginobili's numbers have largely been trending downward since his last All-Star appearance in 2010-11, and his 10 points a game are the lowest of his career. His low scoring output is mostly a result of his playing time, though, since his 18.3 points per 36 minutes aren't far off his career average, per Basketball-Reference.com.
His 45.1 field-goal percentage illustrates the fact that he remains a solid shooter as well.
While Ginobili was once one of the Spurs' most important players, he's more of a luxury piece now, similar to what Ray Allen was for the Miami Heat during the Big Three era. Occasionally, the Argentine star can provide a spark off the bench, but he's not expected to play a significant role in the offense.
Ginobili's production may be less than it used to be, but his return to the court will still be a big boost for a Spurs team battling at the top of the Western Conference.