Spurs scoring leader Manu Ginobili on Monday suffered a broken bone in his left hand with 2:38 remaining in the Spurs’ game against the Timberwolves at Target Center here.
Ginobili, who is left-handed, appeared to suffer the injury reaching in an attempt to strip the ball from Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver as Tolliver went up for a shot near the 3-point line.
Spurs officials reported the injury was a fractured fifth metacarpal.
Perhaps Manu Ginobili was more limited than many thought entering the playoffs. Ginobili’s elbow injury appears to be more extensive than might have first been reported.
Ginobili told the Argentine website Noticiasmdq.com that he sustained a small fracture of the right humerus, the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow.
The injury occurred in the final game of the regular season on April 13 when he was trapped in a collision between Tim Duncan and Phoenix’s Grant Hill. The Spurs originally announced that Ginobili sustained a sprained elbow.
Memphis guard Tony Allen accused Manu Ginobili of faking his right elbow injury.
Sports Illustrated reporter Chris Mannix just tweeted the interesting comment from Allen at the Grizzlies’ practice today, who claimed that Ginobili’s sprained right elbow is “for the birds.”
Allen and Ginobili have been involved in a physical battle in both games that Ginobili has played in the series since missing Game 1 with what Spurs doctors diagnosed as a sprained right elbow.
“Everybody is banged up,” Allen said. “You don’t see me running to my PR guy telling him about an injury.”
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had an MRI earlier today in San Antonio. The MRI showed that he has a right elbow sprain.
The injury occurred in the first quarter of last night’s Spurs-Suns game.
Ginobili has already begun his rehabilitation process and will be listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, which is scheduled for noon on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
The NBA announced the reserves of the 2011 All-Star Game on Thursday.
Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were named to the team, along with Chris Bosh of Miami and Atlanta’s Al Horford and Joe Johnson.
In the Western Conference, Dirk Nowitzki, Russell Westbrook, Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin, Deron Williams and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were named to the team.
Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge were amongst the most prominent snubs.
Commissioner David Stern will name at least one replacement for injured starting center Yao Ming.
Tony Parker swore he did not want to leave the Spurs, and he has a new contract to finally prove it.
The Spurs signed Parker to a multiyear extension Saturday that preserves their three-time NBA champion core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and the star point guard, and puts an abrupt end to what would have undoubtedly been a season of speculation.
The extension is for $50 million over four years, according to Parker’s website.
The Spurs are expected to trade Tony Parker to either give its three-man core a fresh look or find a younger big man to pair with Tim Duncan, after signing Manu Ginobili to a three-year contract worth nearly $40 million last month.
Duncan would not be drawn on specific areas that need improvement, saying only: “We’ll start doing whatever we’ve got to do to prepare for next year.”
The San Antonio Spurs announced today that guard Manu Ginobili has signed a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced.
The 6-6 Ginobili was selected by San Antonio with the 57th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. In his eight seasons, Ginobili has helped navigate the Spurs to three NBA Championships.
He and Bill Bradley are the only two players to win a NBA Championship, an Olympic gold medal and a Euroleague Championship.