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Manu Ginobili to have hand surgery, out 6-8 weeks


The San Antonio Spurs are going to have to get by without their best player for a couple weeks longer than they thought.

Ginobili is going to have surgery on his broken hand Thursday and will be out six to eight weeks, coach Gregg Popovich announced, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili tweeted that plates and screws will be put into his hand to repair the bone.

Ginobili broke his hand in a freak accident Monday night reaching in to slap the ball away from Anthony Tolliver of the Timberwolves.

The Spurs are 3-2 right now and will have to find a way to play about .500 ball without Ginobili to make sure they make the playoffs. If they fall behind it will be hard to climb back into a crowded Western Conference playoff picture even with Ginobili.

The problem is that in the past when one of the Spurs “big three” went down the other two stepped up and filled in the gap. Tim Duncan may not be able to physically do that anymore and even if he could the condensed schedule will wear on the Spurs. San Antonio has six games in eight days starting Wednesday against Golden State and has six back-to-backs in the next month alone.

Spurs face big challenge to hang on without Ginobili

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So far this season, the San Antonio Spurs are 12.4 points per 48 minutes better with Manu Ginobili on the court than off it.

He is going to be off it now for the next five or six weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand — his shooting hand.

Ginobili is the team’s leading scorer at 17.4 points per game and was the team’s most efficient scorer shooting 59.2 percent overall and 51.9 percent from three. He was the guy creating a lot of the offense for his teammates. His PER of 31.5 was MVP level (second best in the league this young season behind only LeBron James).

The only good news for San Antonio is that it is early in the season — he should be back at full strength in the playoffs. Remember he tried to play through a fractured elbow last season in the playoffs and the Spurs were swept by Memphis. He had a broken nose in the playoffs the year before that, he missed the playoffs in 2009 due to stress fracture in his ankle, and in 2008 he tried to play through an ankle injury but wasn’t near himself. In each of those years the Spurs were eliminated earlier than expected.

The hard part may be making the playoffs at all. As Zach Lowe notes at Sports Illustrated, the Spurs are just entering a tough part of their schedule and in a stacked Western Conference they need to be close to .500 through this stretch.

He could miss as many as six weeks, and if that’s the case, Ginobili’s absence could stretch into San Antonio’s nine-game rodeo road trip in February. As is, the Spurs have 17 games over the next 27 days, a stretch that includes six back-to-backs; road games at Memphis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Orlando, Houston and Dallas; and a brutal six-games-in-eight days set that starts Wednesday against Golden State. The Spurs have played just one back-to-back so far, and they lost the second game to Houston so badly that coach Gregg Popovich threw in the towel early and sat Tim Duncan the entire second half.

San Antonio is not going to be able to make up for all the production lost with Ginobili out, the challenge is making up enough, points out Timothy Varner at the fantastic Spurs blog 48minutesofhell.com.

In the past, the Spurs have always dealt with an injury to one of their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Ginobili by getting a burst of great production from one or both of the others. I’m not sure they can do that this season. There is great risk in demanding too much of Duncan or Parker in the early weeks of this season’s condensed schedule. Duncan, in particular, would not withstand heavy minutes on short rest. This is not to say Duncan is an automatic injury—it’s more of a comment about his ability to play well on limited rest and what it would mean for his body in advance of the postseason.

The Spurs need DeJaun Blair and other role players to step up, they need to find a way to tread water and stay in the playoff hunt without Ginobili around. With him healthy in the playoffs they are a threat, but they have to get there first.

Manu Ginobili suffers broken hand, out indefinitely

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Manu Ginobil broke a bone in his left hand during the Spurs’ 106-96 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, and there is no timetable set for his return according to a team release. Just as a reminder, Ginobili is left handed, so this is his shooting hand.

Ginobili suffered the injury on a defensive play, reaching in on a drive from the Wolves’ Anthony Tolliver.

It didn’t look too bad initially, but the hit caused a fracture to the fifth metacarpal, which is the bone just below the pinky finger. Ginobili will be examined further in San Antonio on Tuesday. James Anderson will start in his place.

This is a severe blow to the 3-2 Spurs, as Ginobili leads the team in multiple offensive categories, including scoring at 17.2 points per game, field goal percentage (.592) and three-point field goal percentage (.519). When you add in the fact that Ginobili is fantastic at creating for himself or his teammates off the dribble with the ball in his hands, his contributions will be sorely missed, no matter how long he’s out.