Report: Spurs’ Manu Ginobili out 4-6 weeks with groin injury

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The Spurs are 41-8 and are outscoring teams by 13.3 points per game, the best mark of all-time.

But, more significant than recent losses to the Warriors and Cavaliers, there’s trouble in San Antonio.

KENS 5 San Antonio:

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be out for four to six weeks with a groin injury, a team source told KENS 5’s Joe Reinagel.

Ginobili suffered the injury during Wednesday night’s victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at the AT&T Center, the source said.

You can be certain the Spurs will be cautious with the 38-year-old Ginobili. But even the high end of this projection would allow Ginobili to return in time to get back in shape for the playoffs.

San Antonio still wants to catch the Warriors for the No. 1 seed – avoiding the dangerous Thunder in the second round and getting home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Losing Ginobili, who was having a bounce-back season and once again playing like a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate, will put a damper in those hopes.

Expect Jonathon Simmons and maybe Rasual Butler to play larger roles while Ginobili is sidelined. They’re capable reserves on a team so stacked.

If Ginobili returns fully healthy and better-rested for the postseason, this could be a blessing in disguise. But for someone his age, I wouldn’t take that for granted.