Spurs expect to get Ginobili back before All-Star Break

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The San Antonio Spurs are out drinking wine and enjoying their annual Rodeo road trip, where bull riders kick the Spurs out of their building for a few weeks.

But there is some good news coming — the Spurs expect to get Manu Ginobili back sometime during the trip in the coming weeks. That according to the Express-News Spurs Blog.

Ginobili, out since fracturing the fifth metacarpal in his left hand Jan. 2 in Minnesota, is on pace to return before the team comes home.

The original timetable of 6-8 weeks could put Ginobili back in the middle of the Spurs’ West Coast swing later this month, but there’s always a chance the 34-year-old guard could beat that prognosis.

San Antonio has been an impressive 13-7 without Ginobili. They have gotten some vintage performances out of Tim Duncan and great games lately from Tony Parker.

But in the five games before he broke his hand, Ginobili was scoring 17.4 points a game on 59.3 percent shooting and was setting up teammates, getting the offense flowing. With him back the Spurs become a very good team (which they were last season when they won 61 games).