SAN ANTONIO – Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday that guard Manu Ginobile will be having surgery on his broken shooting hand – and will be out 6-8 weeks.
Manu Ginobili fractured the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in the 2nd quarter of the Spurs' loss at Minnesota Monday. That’s the bone in his hand right below his pinkie.
The procedure will be performed by Dr. Mark Bagg in San Antonio on Thursday morning. During the surgery, screws and a plate will be inserted into Ginobili's hand.
"It's going to be tough for us because he was playing at an All-Star level," said point guard Tony Parker, who had 11 points in San Antonio's 106-96 loss to the Timberwolves. "And now we're going to have to have everybody pick it up."
A two-time All-Star, Ginobili was injured when he fouled Anthony Tolliver as he rose to shoot the ball late in the second quarter Monday night. Ginobili immediately grabbed his shooting hand and crouched in pain near the scorer's table as the team trainer came to his side.
"Manu is pretty important to us and we lost him," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We'll just have to deal with it."