The San Antonio Spurs won their tenth straight game as they topped the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 in an overtime game at the Staples Center on Saturday; however the mood was not a festive one in the Spurs locker room after the contest. The “San Antonio Express” has reported that the victory cost them two key players to injury; as starting guard Manu Ginobili and reserve center Tiago Splitter were both hurt during the contest. The big man playing in just his second season in the Association, left the game in the first quarter after he strained his right calf and did not return to action. Ginobili suffered a strained left oblique muscle after Clippers veteran Kenyon Martin set a screen on him. The Spurs veteran went to the locker room during the third quarter and did not return to the floor.
The 34-year-old native of Argentina was playing in just his fourth game after missing 22 games while recovering from a broken left hand that he injured against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 2. The guard has appeared in just eight contests all season for San Antonio and has averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Spurs have yet to set a timeline for his return; however it most likely would be a couple of weeks before he is ready to return to action.
Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker told the paper after the victory that although the team had been used to playing without his back-court mate for most of the campaign; he wants Manu back on the floor as soon as possible. Parker said “I’ll take Manu 50 percent, I want Manu on the court. Yes, it helps us for the young guys because we had to play them. That will help us down the road because it’s made us a very deep team. And we’re used to it now because we played 22 games … in that sense, yes. But I want Manu to be back as fast as he can.”
The team announced that both players would undergo examinations in Los Angeles. San Antonio next plays on Monday when the team will be in Utah to take on the Jazz.