HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – You can add Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili to the list of All-Stars that will be missing from action for the foreseeable future.
“They’ll put it out later in more detail, but he’s going in the morning,” Popovich said. “They are going to do what they do.”
Ginobili tweeted that the surgery will include a plate and screws being inserted on his “beloved left hand.”
Popovich said that Ginobili likely would be idled for six to eight weeks.
“They have to put it back together again,” Popovich said. “I don’t know what they are going to do, but he’s going to have surgery.”
Popovich said that Ginobili’s injury, which occurred in the second quarter of the Spurs’ loss at Minnesota Monday night, caused Gary Neal to be activated quicker than normal.
“If Manu was healthy, Gary would have played a couple of games in Austin without a doubt,” Popovich said. “With Manu’s injury since he has been cleared to go five-on-five, we figured we might just go ahead and throw him in the fire with that situation.”
Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph will miss up to eight weeks after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Sunday in a loss to the Bulls in Chicago.