San Antonio Spurs starting guard Manu Ginobili will be on the sidelines for the next six to eight weeks after he has surgery on Thursday to repair the fifth metacarpal on his left hand. Ginobili suffered the injury Monday night as the Spurs lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-96. The veteran was attempting to steal the ball and slapped at it with his shooting hand a little too exuberantly. According to the “San Antonio Express” the procedure will be performed in San Antonio by Dr. Mark Bagg. The report states that Bagg will put a plate and screws into the veteran shooting guard’s injured hand.
The Spurs had guard James Anderson in the starting lineup on Wednesday as they came back from a first half deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors 101-95. The club also activated guard Gary Neal who had been on the injured list on Wednesday. Neal had an appendectomy performed on December 12, and was originally scheduled to play with the Spurs’ NBDL franchise before rejoining the parent team.