The San Antonio Spurs, in a recurring theme, lost another player to injury on Tuesday, the last game before the 10-day All-Star Break.
The NBA All-Star Break can’t come soon enough for the San Antonio Spurs, who have dealt with injuries for most of the 2017-18 season. Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay remain out heading into the break, while LaMarcus Aldridge joined them over the past few games.
On Tuesday night, in the final game before the break, the Spurs lost yet another player to injury. This time, it was Manu Ginobili, who exited the road matchup vs. the Denver Nuggets with soreness in his right foot. The Spurs Twitter account confirmed this:
Injury Update: Manu Ginobili (soreness, right foot) will not return to tonight's game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 14, 2018
The injury happened in the third quarter, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
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Before this game, San Antonio officially listed Ginobili as “probable” to play, with “rest” listed as the reason. He suited up, of course, but it led to yet another ailment for the Silver and Black in the 2017-18 season.
If Ginobili misses time due to this injury, it will be the second time it has happened for him this season. A right thigh contusion in January was the other instance.
However, with the All-Star Break now underway, it’s an opportune time for the 40 year old to get healthy and potentially be ready to play on Feb. 23, when the Spurs return to the Pepsi Center and play the Nuggets.
This 10-day break could benefit the other injured players, too. Gay has not played since the end of December, due to right heel bursitis. Leonard returned to the injury list in January to rehab his injured right quadriceps. Let’s see if the organization announces an update on either player before Feb. 23.
It’s yet another injury for the Spurs to deal with, though. Will luck change in the final stretch of the season?