Spurs' Ginobili has surgery on left ankle ligament

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had arthroscopic surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left ankle.

The Spurs said Wednesday that the surgery in Los Angeles had gone well and Ginobili will be in a splint and on crutches for three weeks. Then, his rehabilitation schedule will be determined after his ankle is re-evaluated.

The injury hobbled Ginobili during the NBA playoffs, particularly during the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was cleared to play for Argentina in the Olympics, but re-aggravated the injury during a game against the United States.

An MRI taken last week showed no more damage but no improvement, setting up the need for the arthroscopic surgery.

Ginobili averaged 19.5 points last season to lead the Spurs in scoring.