Wednesday night, in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a shot in his family jewels from Ryan Anderson. The hit that Ginobili sustained was unintentional, as Anderson spun in the post, went for a right-handed shot, and struck Ginobili where no man wants to be struck.
The shot was so severe that Ginobili underwent testicular surgery Thursday and will miss at least a month. At first, Ginobili’s teammates don’t seem to notice how much pain he was in, and David West later told the media that he thought Ginobili was fine.
Here is where the injury occurred:
Ouch … pic.twitter.com/XOIQ3gYzcz
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Manu took to Twitter and said that the “surgery went well.”
The last thing the Spurs needed is another injury. Tim Duncan has missed the last five games, and there’s a chance Pop can keep him out until after the All-Star break. With Ginobili out, rookie Johnathan Simmons and Kyle Anderson will most likely have their minutes increased.
The 38-year-old Argentinian is averaging less than 20 minutes per contest (19.7), and averaging 10 points, three rebounds, and 3.3 assists for San Antonio. He maintains a superb ability to space the floor, with almost 40% of his shots coming from behind the arc; he converts on 38% of his three-point shots.
Where the Spurs are going to miss Ginobili the most is on defense. Manu’s DRtg per 100 this year is 96, the second best of his career and he’s one of six players on San Antonio to have a DRtg of 96 or less. Since the Spurs are such a great unit defensively and stress it so much, Manu can have success on the defensive end despite his deteriorating athleticism.
The injury that Manu Ginobili sustained is nothing short of tragic and is probably the worst pain any man can ever feel. We wish Manu a speedy recovery.
*Data courtesy of Basketball-Reference*
*Photo Credit: Eric Gay / AP*