Although Spurs’ head coach Greg Popovich came under fire from the league earlier this season for resting his aging star players in a high-profile game against the Heat, it seems that he’s done a nice job at keeping everyone relatively strong and healthy. Even with one of the oldest rosters in the NBA, the Spurs have gotten off to a fine 29-11 start and are in first place in the Southwest Division.
However, Manu Ginobili is one player on the team who has dealt with a slew of minor injuries this season, including back spasms, a quad bruise and a thigh bruise, and after last night’s 106-88 win over the Timberwolves, we can add hamstring sprain to that list.
Ginobili suffered the injury in the final minute of the first half Sunday and did not return. He scored 12 points in just 12 minutes of play before exiting the game and reported his own injury via Twitter after receiving an MRI. On the social networking site Monday he wrote:
“Just finished with the MRI. Grade 1 strained left hamstring. 10/14 days out. Will be back shortly. Thanks 4 ur support!!”
The Spurs will certainly miss his production in the coming weeks, a stretch that includes games against Memphis, Golden State and Atlanta. At age 35, Ginobili may not be the player he was a few years ago, but he is still averaging 12.9 points and 4.6 assists per game this season. We will see how the Spurs manage in the time being and how their other veterans, like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, hold up as the long and grueling season wears on.