APRIL 7, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs are adjusting to life
without Manu Ginobili for the playoffs.
The Spurs got a dose of false hope when he made a brief
late-season return from an ankle injury. But San Antonio got the
bad news Monday that Ginobili will miss the rest of the season
after tests showed a stress fracture in the ankle.
Now, coach Gregg Popovich says the Spurs must adjust their roles
again and stay positive heading into the playoffs.
Popovich says Roger Mason Jr. would take over Ginobili's
starting role beginning with Tuesday night's game at Oklahoma City.
Ginobili had been averaging 15.5 points and 3.6 assists in 44
games this season, despite two long absences due to injury.
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