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."
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.via Spurs Nation » Ginobili suffers broken left hand.
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.
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.