It seems as though the injury bug has bitten the San Antonio Spurs lately. Tiago Splitter suffered a sprained shoulder that currently has him sitting out, and just as Manu Ginobili returned to the lineup after tweaking his hamstring, the Spurs received news that Danny Green will be out four weeks because of a fractured finger on his non-shooting hand. But maybe this time off for Green will do more good than harm for the top team in the Western Conference.
An important detail is that the injury was sustained to the non-shooting hand. Chances of any issues with Green’s grip and shooting release are lessened with this kind of injury. The transition from the rehab that will take place to the court should be almost effortless for Green.
The timing of the injury is another factor that works in favor of the Spurs. The expected time-frame of four weeks will put Green near 100 percent around the time of the All-Star break. Obviously Green will not be participating in any events so the extra rest will help as well as not missing any additional regular season games.
But the biggest way this injury could help Green is the sad fact that he was not really producing up until this point in the season anyway. There is a possibility that the success of last year caused some complacency in the young star’s mind. After the breakout performance Green put on in last year’s NBA Finals, there has been a letdown. His averages in field goal and three-point field goal percentage have dropped since last season. And his 7.4 points per game, which have been mostly off the bench, have failed to surpass the previous season’s 10.4 points per game average.
Gregg Popovich has noticed something different about Green and his approach to the game which is probably the cause for the bench work Green had been seeing prior to the injury. Green needs to refocus and locate the driving force that led him to be such a contributing factor in the Spurs’ success last season. This injury can provide the time to heal in more than one way.