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Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:44 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 3:35 pm
 
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.
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

that is going to hurt spurs. you put another player in there, but you dont replace him.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:26 pm
 

Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

Doctors are worried he may not be flopping at full strength until next season.




Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

What a shame for the Spurs.  Ginobili was poised for a great year.



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:48 pm
 

Manu Ginobili to have surgery on broken hand

Lossing Manu will hurt, I hope the young players can step up, and or we sign a quality free agent that could help fill the void...What about Agent Zero - Gilbert Arenas?


BigTallMatch
Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:01 pm
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Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Manu Ginobili breaks bone in hand, out 6-8 weeks

San Antonio can't survive on reputation. They are a good team, nothing more. I believe the T-Wolves have a better roster than the Spurs. With the additions they have this year, they are a deeper, younger, more athletic team, with an all star in K Love. Spurs no lock for the playoffs, in my opinion.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Manu Ginobili breaks bone in his hand

Valid points NONBIASEDONE, I think the only huge factor not considered yet is that the 96-97 spurs were on a full schedule. This compressed season will force Pop to rest his starters to endure the season. The Spurs now have one less veteran to rest but, they could be without 2 veterans on a given night. I guess the impact of any teams star players this year will have extra weight.


pinghootor
Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:40 pm
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:30 am
 

Manu Ginobili breaks bone in his hand

I get where you are coming from JJ but I still think that this years team is different than that 96-97 Spurs team.  They are a bit long in the tooth as far as their best players and their young guys are still a bit unproven but you have to look at the West top to bottom.  When you do that I still think they have enough to weather this and be a fringe playoff team depending on how much time he misses.  Clearly they were a top 8 team before this and there really were only 8 good teams in the West and those are (in no particular order)

1) OKC
2) Portland
3) Memphis
4) Dallas
5) Lakers
6) Clippers
7) San Antonio
8) Denver

With that being said they will likely fall below the 7 other teams but they still are better than Golden St, Sacramento, Minnesota (though they just lost to them), Utah, New Orleans, Phoenix and maybe Houston.  I think Houston benefits most from this as they may be able to sneak into that 8 spot depending on how long he is out but my point is there are so many bad team in the NBA that even if he is out 2 months they still have enough to be a fringe 8 seed and that would leave them picking in the 10-14 range in the draft.  I am not going to look it up but I think in recent history a team hasn't been lower than 8th in the final standings and come up to win the lottery.  Now, there is the David Stern factor and perhaps he dictates the draft this year in such a manner that New Orleans ends up with the top 2 picks (their own and Minnesota’s) and the Spurs magically move up to 3rd but if you recall, when they won Duncan they had the 3rd most lottery balls that year (I believe).  If god really is a Spurs fan then Tony Parker will go out with the same injury and miss 2-3 months as well, if that happens then certainly the Spurs would be ones of the worst 3 teams and if that happens I would be on board with your theory about God and the Spurs.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:01 am
 

Manu Ginobili breaks bone in his hand

I get where you are coming from JJ but I still think that this years team is different than that 96-97 Spurs team.  They are a bit long in the tooth as far as their best players and their young guys are still a bit unproven but you have to look at the West top to bottom.  When you do that I still think they have enough to weather this and be a fringe playoff team depending on how much time he misses.  Clearly they were a top 8 team before this and there really were only 8 good teams in the West and those are (in no particular order).  I think Houston could be thrown up there as well but likely wouldn't have been a playoff team without this injury.

1) OKC
2) Portland
3) Memphis
4) Dallas
5) Lakers
6) Clippers
7) San Antonio
8) Denver

With that being said they will likely fall below the 7 other teams but they still are better than Golden St, Sacramento, Minnesota (though they just lost to them), Utah, New Orleans, Phoenix and maybe Houston.  I think Houston benefits most from this as they may be able to sneak into that 8 spot depending on how long he is out but my point is there are so many bad team in the NBA that even if he is out 2 months they still have enough to be a fringe 8 seed and that would leave them picking in the 10-14 range in the draft.  I am not going to look it up but I think in recent history a team hasn't been lower than 8th in the final standings and come up to win the lottery.  Now, there is the David Stern factor and perhaps he dictates the draft this year in such a manner that New Orleans ends up with the top 2 picks (their own and Minnesota's) and the Spurs magically move up to 3rd but if you recall, when they won Duncan they had the 3rd most lottery balls that year (I believe).  If god really is a Spurs fan then Tony Parker will go out with the same injury and miss 2-3 months as well, if that happens then certainly the Spurs would be ones of the worst 3 teams and if that happens I would be on board with your theory about God and the Spurs.



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