San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is joining Tim Duncan on the injury list. According to the Spurs, Ginobili will miss at least a month undergoing surgery to repair a "testicular injury."
Ginobili injured his groin area late in the fourth quarter on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Stepping in to take a charge, Ginobili collided with Ryan Anderson and drew an offensive foul. However, Ginobili was kneed in the groin by Anderson in the collision and he laid on the floor for a bit before getting helped up off the court. With the help of the team's trainer and Duncan, Ginobili went to San Antonio's locker room and did not return to the game.
Ginobili is nearing the end of his career but he has been quite productive this season, shooting 45.1 percent and averaging 10 points, 3.3 assists and three rebounds in 19.7 minutes off the bench. The Spurs will miss his leadership and playmaking ability and will have to turn to rookie Jonathon Simmons and expand Patty Mills' role in his absence.
Ginobili's injury comes at an interesting time for the Spurs. All-Star break is coming up so San Antonio catches a bit of break there but then it embarks on a month-long Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs have only lost on the road this season as they remain undefeated at home. If they want to remain in the No. 2 seed in the West or even surpass the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs have to keep winning on the road, which may be slightly more difficult now that both Ginobili and Duncan are injured.