Manu Ginobili, guard for the San Antonio Spurs, has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game versus the Chicago Bulls because of tightness in his left hamstring.
“I can’t take that chance,” Popovich told reporters after the Spurs’ 97-90 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
Ginobili suffered the injury on a rim-rattling dunk in the third quarter and was soon limping and holding his upper left leg. He remained in the game for a bit before walking off the court and into the locker room at the next timeout.
Ginobili isn’t the only one who’s been bitten by the injury bug, and Popovich realizes that.
“What can I tell you,” Popovich said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “It is frustrating, but I don’t know what we can do about it. We just got to get our other guys to step up and play. You know, they’re trying. That’s all I can ask of them.”
Giving Ginobili some rest will be crucial for the Spurs, who are currently sitting in first place in the Western Conference.