On Tuesday night as the San Antonio Spurs took on the Houston Rockets, veteran sixth man Manu Ginobili drove down the lane and put down a solid looking dunk. He came down awkwardly, though, and came up limping. Now, Ginobili has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring and will be out for three-to-four weeks with the injury.
Ginobili is yet another addition to the list of Spurs injuries. Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter are all currently injured and Ginobili only adds to the Spurs worries. With Green, Leonard, Green and Ginobili now out of the mix, the Spurs’ are certainly shallow on the wings. Even with that, though, the Ginobili injury raises concern beyond just his team this season.
Coming into this season, I was one of several that were concerned about how an aging Ginobili would hold up and perform as a big part of the Spurs’ rotation. He’s been great this season, but this is the first negative sign that we’ve seen and that has to cause some worries.
In 60 games last season, Ginobili played 23.2 minutes per game. With that workload, he was obviously ailing in the postseason and seemed to not have the effectiveness that he once had with San Antonio. He looked slow and even his decision-making was suffering in the playoffs last year.
This season, through 42 games, Ginobili is playing almost exactly the same amount of minutes that he did last season. While he’s looked rejuvenated this year, his age at 36 years old is still something to keep an eye one, particularly with this injury. Hopefully he can return and get back to playing well, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on going forward.