Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 1:05 pm  |  24 responses

Manu Ginobili Out 3-4 Weeks With Hamstring Injury (UPDATE)

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.

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  • Harlem_World

    This is Pop by design…Manu gets a break between now and the playoffs and will come back miraculously ready for the playoffs. Spurs can roll without him on the home stretch then get him back and ready for the playoff run. Only believe half of what you see and even less of what you read…

  • roscoe

    don’t trust Pop…

    this could be a “lying in the weeds” ploy…

    a’la “paul pierce” in the finals…

    i don’t buy it Pop.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Manu has been playing 23 minutes a game. A rest is not going to serve him in any sort of positive way.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the worst part is that Manu is going to be in even less of game shape by the time he comes back.

  • LP

    whats new…this guy is an injury voodoo doll…. AGE…

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    In a few weeks we will also see Manu absolutely taking it to the Thunder in the Playoffs.

  • bike

    Duct tape and foil are the only things holding ole’ Manu together anymore.

  • Musa

    April Fools?

  • Name

    Manu`s recent struggles were not as physical as they were mental.. I hope this time off helps him regain that mental toughness because the Spurs need it

  • RayJr

    No it’s because Manu gets injured more frequently because of his age.

  • RayJr

    SA really is trying to lose that 1st seed so they don’t have to play the Lakers (IF they get it).

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    How would Manu’s career be viewed without the three rings? He’s been injured quite a bit for an “elite” player.

  • shutup

    Your a fool if you think the Spurs are scared of the Lakers……

  • j


  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    What a weird question. How would Isiah Thomas’, Joe Dumars’, Chauncey Billups’ Tony Parkers’ Clyde Drexlers career be viewed without their rings?

    its what those players did on the path to those rings that made them great and Manu is no different there. (See his numbers during the 05 and 07 playoffs).

    I Gave u a range of players who are top Caliber hall of fame players (Isiah) to Fringe/border line Hall of Famers (Chauncey) for a reason on the above list.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    My point was that Manu’s numbers are nice, but not “elite.” His durability is well below elite. His game is fantastic, but what gives him cache in the all-time great discussion is the fact that he has three rings.
    Would we view him differently if he put up the same numbers, with the same game, but the Spurs didn’t win those rings?
    For example, Tim Duncan would be great whether he had four rings or none. His place in the Pantheon would be assured like Barkley’s, or Stockton’s or Malone’s. Would we say the same for Manu? I though it was an interesting question personally..

  • i_ball

    He really didn’t need to have better numbers. That’s why the Spurs are great – you do what you do to to win.
    You have to be elite in only one thing to be considered great – winning. Barkley, Stockton and Malone were just unlucky to play against MJ, they were elite winner though…
    And don’t forget he won that Olympic gold medal;)

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  • Harlem_World

    Not so much rest, more ‘protection’. I’m not saying he hasn’t tweaked something, but I also think they are going to take more time than he may need to bring him back and if possible hold him out until the playoffs so every minute he plays counts…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t you want Manu playing more than 20 minutes in the playoffs?
    he is already in 25MPG condition, having him sit for the last 3 weeks of the season is not going to help him in any sort of positive way. You guys are acting like he’s playing himself down physically, and rest is what would serve him best…..when rest is the thing he’s been doing all year. Literally, he’s been sitting more than he’s been playing this season. And that would be true if he were healthy for every single game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Drazen Petrovic

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Good answer.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha that answer made me sad. i didn’t even want to press submit.

  • shutup

    Thank you I’ll forward the memo to my autocorrect. Have a nice day.