Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/1/13
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The San Antonio Spurs are already dealing with the loss of Tony Parker. Now, the top seed in the Western Conference has been dealt another huge injury blow. Manu Ginobili is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks with a strained right hamstring, the team confirmed Monday morning. That time table could mean Ginobili will miss the start of the playoffs. The news comes after reports surfaced that Parker could return earlier than expected from his ankle injury, but now the Spurs will have to find a way to make up for the loss of Ginobili. Ginobili is third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 11.9 points per game. With Parker also out, it means the Spurs will be without two of their top three scorers as they continue to try to fend off the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top overall seed in the West. Before Sunday's game against the Miami Heat, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich warned the media that Ginobili's absence would be longer than expected. "It's more than days, Popovich said, according to the San Antonio Express News. "It's more like weeks, unfortunately. It's a huge blow for us because he's the guy that allows our second team to do what they've been doing all year long. It's a huge loss for that group, and in game situations, it's a tough one because he's one of two guys, he and Tony (Parker), are the creators who make things happen for everybody else on the court. "It's an unfortunate loss at this point of the season."
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