Wednesday afternoon the San Antonio Spurs were dealt another blow after news came that Manu Ginobili will be out 3-4 weeks with a strained hamstring. Ginobili, who had been starting in place of the injured Kawhi Leonard, suffered the injury after a dunk during the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game in Houston. The former Sixth Man of the Year was averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting 45% from the field.
Ginobili’s injury comes at a tough time for the Spurs as they are currently without three starters in Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and just recently, Kawhi Leonard. San Antonio, now without Ginobili, there will be a bigger burden put on the shoulders of first year Spur, Marco Belinelli, along with tenured veterans Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. With the Spurs being shorthanded, they will be in need of a huge lift from their bench players to help carry the team until the injured return. Players such as Patty Mills, Corey Joseph, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, and Jeff Aryes will need to fill the voids left behind by Green, Splitter and Leonard.
The Spurs are currently 33-13, tied for second in the Western Conference, but have now suffered three straight losses to the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls. After a home game on Saturday against Sacramento, the Spurs will begin a nine game road trip Monday starting in New Orleans.