UPDATE: The San Antonio Spurs have now put a timetable on Manu Ginobili’s right hamstring injury. Per the team website:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Manu Ginobili is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred during the first quarter of the Spurs vs. L.A. Clippers game on March 29.
Certainly troubling news for Spurs fans: Manu Ginobili, who was thought to be day-to-day, is going to be sidelined at least a couple of weeks—and, perhaps, will still be off the court when the postseason rolls around at the end of this month.
Via the San Antonio Express News:
The right hamstring strain that knocked Spurs guard Manu Ginobili out of Friday’s game against the Clippers is going to keep him on the sidelines for weeks, rather than days, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
The 35-year-old two-time All-Star suffered the injury on a drive to the basket late in the first quarter. He did not return, and the Spurs will be without him for an extended period, perhaps into the playoffs.
“It’s more than days,” Popovich said. “It’s more like weeks, unfortunately. It’s a huge blow for us because he’s the guy that allows our second team to do what they’ve been doing all year long. It’s a huge loss for that group, and in game situations, it’s a tough one because he’s one of two guys, he and Tony (Parker), are the creators who make things happen for everybody else on the court.
“It’s an unfortunate loss at this point of the season.”
The Spurs are an aging, veteran squad, so some injury issues were to be expected, and their postseason success may very well correlate directly with their ability to keep their key players healthy and on the floor. Needless to say, things aren’t exactly off to the best start in that department.