Popovich: Ginobili 'out a while' with ankle sprain

Updated: January 21, 2006, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili was carried into the locker room by teammates after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of the Spurs' game against Miami on Friday night.

"He'll be out a while, that's for sure," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after his team beat Miami 101-94. "He sprained it pretty good. It's not broken, but it's sprained pretty good."

Ginobili drove the lane and tumbled awkwardly with 8:59 left in the period, then rolled over and immediately began grabbing the ankle. X-rays were taken and the team said he'd be re-evaluated Saturday.

Ginobili missed eight games earlier this season with a sprained right foot, plus two others in early December with a sprained right ankle -- and his teammates are bracing for another long stint without him.

"We already lost him for 10 games and now he's going to be out for another 10 games," said guard Tony Parker, who had 38 points in the Spurs' win. "So it's kind of hard."

Ginobili had eight points Friday.

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