I’m not sure what Manu Ginobili did over the summer, but we should trace his movements back because he apparently found the Fountain of Youth — he has played his best basketball in years to open this season. Look at it through this snapshot: his PER of 25.1 this season would be a career best if he can maintain it. And he’s had a Hall of Fame career.
All of which is why the Spurs are going to miss him the next couple of games. Ginobili will miss the next two games due to bilateral hip tightness, then be re-evaluated Saturday’s before the Spurs face Memphis.
Ginobili is out for games against Denver and New Orleans. He had missed time due to a groin injury earlier this season, but dropped 17 on Monday. With him at age 38 you can be sure the Spurs will err on the side of caution in bringing him back.
The Spurs have been one of the best teams in the NBA to start the season, outscoring opponents by 10.5 points per 100 possessions (second only to Golden State). Like every time one of the Spurs players goes down, nobody should expect much of a step back. Someone always just steps up for this team (watch for more Patty Mills run).