Early Monday morning, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green sent out an Instagram photo that caused the fan base to worry in immediate fashion.
Good news. .. I’ll be back in couple weeks http://t.co/GCcDuTgCpg
— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) January 13, 2014
Unfortunately for the Spurs, the news wasn’t even as optimistic as Green made it seem on Twitter.
Danny Green has a nondisplaced fracture of his second metacarpal, per Spurs PR. He is expected to miss about a month.
— Matthew R Tynan (@Matthew_Tynan) January 13, 2014
The starting shooting guard has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand, and as a result, he’ll be sidelined for approximately 4 weeks. If there was ever a team that could avoid disaster with one of its main cogs missing time, it’s definitely the Spurs, but Green has been an important member of the rotation for the past two seasons, and it’s a significant loss.
On the season, the 26-year-old is only averaging 7.4 points per game, but his shooting has been tremendous once again (38.4% from 3-point distance), and he’s a valuable two-way player with solid defense. In his stead, the Spurs can turn to Manu Ginobili (obviously), but when Manu isn’t on the floor, they’ll be relegated to using some combination of Marco Belinelli, Nando De Colo, and Cory Joseph.
Green should return sometime in early-to-mid February, and to be honest, this should hopefully be simply a bump in the road for the Spurs juggernaut.