The San Antonio Spurs suffered two losses on Monday night as they played the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center; one far more critical than the other. They would lose their second game of the young season to the improving T-Wolves by a final score of 106-96. The far more significant loss however; was when starting guard Manu Ginobili broke his left hand late in the first half of the contest. The “San Antonio Express” has reported that the injury to the veteran’s shooting hand could keep him on the sidelines for weeks. According to the report the shooting guard was attempting a steal when he slapped down on the ball hard which caused the injury.
The club is saying that Ginobili suffered a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of the hand in the accident. It is not known whether surgery will be needed at this point to correct the injury or how long the veteran will be out of action. The Spurs will replace Manu with James Anderson in the starting lineup which will weaken the San Antonio bench. There is no word on whether the Spurs will try to pick up another shooting guard to fill the void until Ginobili returns. San Antonio after the loss Monday night lead the NBA Southwest Division with a 3-2 record.