Spurs Lose Manu Ginobili For Over a Month?
The San Antonio Spurs have looked like the second best team in the NBA through the first half of the 2015-16 NBA season. Being able to rely on their depth has been a big part of their journey to a 41-8 start. That depth will be tested over the next 4-6 weeks.
Per reports, bench scorer Manu Ginobili has suffered an undisclosed groin injury that required immediate surgery. Ginobili apparently suffered the injury in Wednesday’s game and eventually sent him to the hospital. Players in San Antonio’s locker room were said to have a “serious tone” regarding the injury, and while the Spurs have given no official details on his status, the versatile shooting guard is said to have undergone surgery.
Ginobili is now tentatively expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with his groin issue, but the Spurs themselves have not disclosed the injury or an exact return time table. Until they do, fans can mark Ginobili down as out “indefinitely”.
The Spurs won’t be quick to rush their aging star back, either. Ginobili is already probably playing in his final NBA season and at age 38, could need the extra time to mend. Ginobili is not a key part of what the Spurs do from a minutes perspective, but still gives a huge spark off the bench, offensively.
Losing Ginobili for any amount of time is obviously bad news for the Spurs, as amazing as they’ve been. That could hurt they bid to stay perfect at home, where they’ve been a staggering 27-0 so far this year. It also could slow them down enough to the point where keeping up with the 45-4 Golden State Warriors is borderline impossible.
The good news is the Spurs are still as deep as ever and they’ve found success without key players before. Tim Duncan has missed numerous games with knee soreness, yet recently San Antonio has been just fine, winning eight of their last 10 games. There will be added pressure on starters Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but the Spurs will be expected to continue their hot run.
Reserves Kyle Anderson, Jonathan Simmons, Patty Mills and Ray McCallum could be called upon for bigger roles as the three and four spots with Ginobili out.
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