McDonald: Ginobili, Leonard, Jackson out against Oklahoma City
Dec 10, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) warms up before a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder will play the second-seeded Spurs — albeit a limited roster due to injuries.
Manu Ginobili partook in morning shootaround before he was ruled out according to Spurs beat writer Jeff McDonald. Ginobili injured his left thigh after he collided with Boston’s Chris Wilcox late in the first quarter Saturday night. Ginobili missed San Antonio’s first meeting against Oklahoma City with back spasms.
Stephen Jackson fractured his right pinkie finger against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 20. Though he targeted tonight as a possible return, his initial timetable was four to six weeks, Jackson will likely return to the lineup later this week.
Kawhi Leonard (knee tendinitis) is out indefinitely.
Meanwhile, Cory Joseph was re-assigned to the Austin Toros. Joseph appeared in nine games, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 assists in 7.2 minutes per game.