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Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return next week

Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:37 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:02 pm
Manu Ginobili is expected to return next week. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Things are looking up for San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Manu Ginobili. reports that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters on Monday that Ginobili, who has been sidelined since Jan. 2 after breaking a bone in his left hand, is nearing a return.
“The doctors say he’s healed and healthy,” Popovich said before the Spurs’ 89-84 win over the Grizzlies. “It’s just a matter of conditioning and timing, rhythm and confidence, all those things right now.

“I’d expect him in the next week or so.”

When Ginobili does return, Popovich said he’s leaning toward bringing the former Sixth Man of the Year off the bench in order to ease him into game action.

The original timetable for Ginobili's return was 6-8 weeks. If he indeed returns next week, that would put him at the lower end of the original estimate.

In typical Spurs fashion, the team weathered what looked like a disaster on paper and kept right on winning in Ginobili's absence. Entering Tuesday's action, San Antonio sat atop the Southwest Division with a record of 17-9. The Spurs are 14-7 since Ginobili went down, making due thanks to talented rookie Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal and Danny Green

Ginobili, 34, averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in his five appearances before suffering the injury. He was named to the 2011 All-Star team and All-NBA third team last season.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:50 pm

Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return next week

it is amazing how long popovich has had the spurs a top eschelon team. of course having timmy all thoseyears has made the job easier.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:34 pm

Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return next week

Way to go Spurs! 14-7 without Manu. This is one of those rare times where an injury will result in a long term positive by developing a strong bench who stepped up fill the injury void. That 14-7 record includes 2 victories in Memphis against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. Pop is goin a great job playing everyone, without wearing out any single player. Duncan looks like he's 5 years younger. All of the starters and coaches know the team has nice depth and flexibility to step into the rotation and play cohesively as a team in any combination. Pop tuned a lemon into lemonaid...again.

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