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San Antonio Spurs: Update on Manu Ginobili’s foot injury

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on February 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on February 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Manu Ginobili exited the San Antonio Spurs’ first-half finale vs. the Denver Nuggets with a foot injury. It’s reportedly nothing to be concerned about, however.

During Tuesday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili departed the game with foot soreness. How it occurred was not announced, but after heading to the locker room, he did not return to the game.

On Thursday, Spurs general manager RC Buford updated Ginobili’s status, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. The 40-year old underwent an X-ray and MRI, both of which were negative:

“It didn’t appear to be anything severe,” Buford said. “He got treatment, saw people and then left on his All-Star vacation plans.”

The severity, or lack thereof, points in a positive direction for Ginobili, who has until Feb. 23 to rest his foot and return to the court. It’s when the Spurs return to the Pepsi Center to face the Denver Nuggets after the All-Star Break finishes.

Injuries hampered the Spurs for the 59 games played this season. Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay, Kyle Anderson, Danny Green, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Joffrey Lauvergne all missed time with an ailment, which prevented the rotation’s ability to get to full strength. This happened just a few times this season, when Leonard was healthy for three weeks.

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With 23 games left, let’s see how the injuries hold up and if the Spurs can get Gay and Leonard healthy. The same goes for Ginobili, whose status will be up in the air for the next eight days. Health will go a long way for this team, who still sits at No. 3 in the Western Conference.

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