Manu Ginobili was having a bounce-back season for the Spurs — 10 points a game, shooting 37 percent from three, keeping the offense flowing with the second unit, and looking like a guy who should be discussed for Sixth Man of the year.
At least he was having that kind of year until he took a knee to the groin during and early February game against the Pelicans. He’s been out ever since due to testicular surgery that was required.
“He’s going more quickly then we would have imagined,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s not going to play in this back-to-back or anything, but his progress has been much quicker than we thought.”
The Spurs (50-9) play back-to-back games against Detroit and New Orleans on Wednesday and Thursday. Ginobili could be back as soon as Saturday, when the Spurs host the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs are getting healthy, they got Kawhi Leonard back recently as well. Expect a lot of Spurs to get rest down the stretch — they aren’t going to catch Golden State for the top seed in the West, but if they are rested and healthy the Spurs stand a chance to beat them in the playoffs.