Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team's win over New Orleans earlier this week.
Ginobili took a knee to his groin with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night.
New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson had his back turned to Ginobili as he was working toward the basket when he spun quickly and struck the 38-year-old guard squarely in the groin with his right knee.
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Ginobili tumbled to the floor and remained on the court for about a minute before exiting the court holding his side and clutching a towel to his mouth.
The Argentine veteran dropped to the floor in pain as he was walking to the locker room - indicating just how severe the injury was and the level of pain that Manu was in.
"I don't want to joke with that," Spurs point guard Tony Parker said when asked about Ginobili's condition after the game. "It doesn't look good."
It seemed like no one on the Spurs knew quite how badly Ginobili was hurt, including head coach Gregg Popovich.
"I have no clue," Popovich said. "I haven't seen him. He wasn't in the locker room, I don't think. I don't know what the hell happened."
Popovich won't be seeing his trusted guard for a while now after the surgery. At the time, it seemed like a funny moment - the type that would appear on Shaqtin' A Fool - but now we know how bad it actually was, nobody is going to be taking it lightly.
Ginobili is averaging 10.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game so far this season. The Spurs (41-8) are second in the Western Conference standings, four games behind Golden State.