Tag:Manu Ginobili
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Manu Ginobili possibly returning Friday

Posted by Royce Young

The Spurs might be fully operational once again soon.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Manu Ginobili practiced Thursday and could potentially return Friday against the Bobcats. Right now, Ginobili is listed as a game-time decision.

Ginobili strained an oblique muscle right after returning from a broken hand. The Spurs have survived without him, rising to second in the West with a 24-11 record. But obviously getting him back means they're all the more dangerous.
Ginobili, 34, is averaging 12.1 pooints, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game in 9 appearances this season. He was named to the 2011 All-Star team and All-NBA third team last season.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:32 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Spurs' Manu Ginobili (oblique strain) out 2 weeks

Manu Ginobili is back on the shelf. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

The San Antonio Spurs will have to make due without guard Manu Ginobili once again.

The Spurs announced on Monday that Ginobili is expected to miss "approximately two weeks" after straining his left oblique muscle during a Saturday night win over the Los Angeles Clippers

The Spurs also announced that center Tiago Splitter will miss "approximately two weeks" with a right calf strain. That injury occurred during the win over the Clippers as well.

Ginobili will remain in San Antonio for the remainder of the Spurs' current road trip, which runs until the All-Star break. A two-week absence would only keep him out of six games: road games this week against the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, plus home games the week after the All-Star break against the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats and Denver Nuggets.  

Earlier this season, Ginobili missed roughly five weeks after undergoing surgery to repain a broken bone in his left hand. He returned from that injury on Feb. 11 and played in four games, coming off of San Antonio's bench in each, before going down against the Clippers.

The Spurs have been undaunted in Ginobili's absence this season. San Antonio is currently on a 10-game winning streak and boasts a 22-9 record, good for tops in the Southwest Division and No. 2 overall in the Western Conference. They are 15-7 without Ginobili in the lineup.

Ginobili, 34, is averaging 12.1 pooints, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game in 9 appearances this season. He was named to the 2011 All-Star team and All-NBA third team last season.
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Manu Ginobili suffers chest injury against L.A.

By Matt Moore 

Spurs guard/forward Manu Ginobili who only returned from injury this week was re-injured against the Clippers in the Spurs' 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday. Ginobili sustained a strained left oblique in the the first half and did not return. The Spurs have stated no timetable on him at this time. Most alarming for Spurs fans, ESPN quoted Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich after the game as saying the thought the Spurs had "lost (Ginobili) again." 

The Spurs have won ten straight and weathered the storm without Ginobili exceptionally well during his absence, but not having Manu fully healthy during last year's playoffs significantly hurt their performance against the Grizzlies in the first round. We'll update you with more information when it comes available.
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:41 pm
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Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:20 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Popovich: Ginobili will return Saturday vs. Nets

Manu Ginobili is expected to return Saturday. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected back on the court for the first time in more than a month this weekend.

MySanAntonio.com reports
that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that Ginobili will play against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday after going through a full-contact practice on Friday.

Ginobili, who has been sidelined since Jan. 2 after breaking a bone in his left hand, will not start and his minutes are reportedly expected to be limited. It was reported earlier this week that a return to the court was imminent.

The original timetable for Ginobili's return was 6-8 weeks. A Saturday return would mean that Ginobili missed just under six weeks after the injury.

The Nets contest is the third game of a 9-game road trip. The Spurs are 18-9 on the season, good for first place in the Southwest Division. San Antonio went 15-7 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.
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:37 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return next week

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.

MySanAntonio.com 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.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:44 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

UPDATE: According to Gregg Popovich, Ginobili will be out 6-8 weeks with the broken bone in his hand.

The Associated Press confirmed that timeline on Wedneday after reporting that Ginobili will have undergo surgery on his hand. The AP further notes: "Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he'll have a plate screwed onto his shooting hand Thursday."

ORIGINAL POST:
 
The San Antonio News-Express reports that Manu Ginobili broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand during the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.
Ginobili, who is left-handed, appeared to suffer the injury reaching in an attempt to strip the ball from Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver as Tolliver went up for a shot near the 3-point line.

The two-time All-Star immediately grimaced in pain and clutched the left hand with his right, Spurs head athletic trainer Will Sevening sprinting to his aid.

X-rays taken at the arena revealed the broken bone.
via Spurs Nation » Ginobili suffers broken left hand.

This is pretty much as close as it gets to disaster for the Spurs. Ginobili is the engine that drives this team now, with Tim Duncan spiraling towards retirement. His elbow injury last April had a huge impact in the Spurs' first round loss to the Grizzlies, as Manu was far from 100 percent.

The Spurs had gotten off to a hot start, winning with defense and a healthy dose of Ginobili, versus the three-point attack they utilized last season. This is a pretty devastating injury in a lockout-shortened season for San Antonio.
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing 11.4



By Matt Moore
 

The Mavericks and Spurs have had some titanic battles through the course of the past decade-plus during this time of contention for both teams. For the first time, we would be seeing the Mavericks as the defending champs, as the team that figured things out, while the Spurs are the team that couldn't put it together, who fell apart at the wrong time.

These battles are precious. We're only going to see Dirk Nowitzki go at Tim Duncan so many more times as both head towards retirement. Already Duncan is not the player he used to be, as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker take more of a role. But it's still Duncan vs. Dirk, Parker vs. Jet, Manu vs. well, whoever the Mavs put on him. The Mavericks now have the bruisers inside, Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood, while it's the Spurs with the defensive sieves in DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner.

This game would still be a huge clash of juggernauts, though, especially with the shooters on each side. Both teams had titanic offenses last week, while it was only the Spurs who ran into the iceberg against Memphis.

Jason Kidd against Tony Parker is a smarter matchup than it seems, while Kawhi Leonard would be facing Caron Butler in a past-face-present. It would have all the rivalry that Texas teams demand, and the drama of a battle between two teams with five championships and six Finals appearances over the past twelve seasons.

And we get none of it.

Today is Day 127 of the NBA Lockout.
 
 
 
 
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