Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/1/13
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."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Doug Marrone: I don’t usually watch Super Bowl ‘unless I have to’

Jets reportedly fire offensive coordinator John Morton

Report: Tarik Black was Rocket who knocked on Clippers’ door

Report: SEC could block Alabama from hiring Hugh Freeze

Kevin Garnett, Tony Allen also shade Isaiah Thomas over Celtics tribute

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mike Tomlin confirms Todd Haley out as OC

Bortles grateful for teammates' support amid heavy criticism

MLB blames Scott Boras for slow free agent market

Spurs announce Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely

Report: Red Sox have offered Martinez five years, $100M

Pirates fan starts petition requesting MLB to force owner to sell team

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

College basketball’s most underrated stars

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Eight gutsy NBA trade deadline deals that would turn the tide

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker