Just when they thought they had him back, the Spurs have lost Manu Ginobili again. He suffered a left internal oblique strain four games after returning from a fractured hand.
Ginobili was flown home before Monday's visit to Utah and will likely remain shelved until after the All-Star break. The early estimate is he'll miss two weeks.
"As competitive as he is, it's just killing him," Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said. "He was just coming back and played in a couple games. He was beginning to get in shape a little bit, get in a rhythm, and then he goes down again. He's pretty depressed about it."
The veteran guard was injured in Saturday's overtime win at the Los Angeles Clippers.
"It looks like we won the battle, but it makes it tough to win the war," Popovich said of the latest Ginobili setback.
The injury opens up more playing time for the likes of Gary Neal, the star of win in LA, Danny Green and rookie Kawhi Leonard. Those three combined to play 75 minutes in Monday's 106-102 comeback win at Utah.
The Spurs (23-9) have now won a league-best 11 in a row going into Tuesday at Portland.
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