SAN ANTONIO — Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss 10 to 14 days with a left hamstring strain.
The Spurs said Ginobili had an MRI on Monday after getting hurt in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against Minnesota. Ginobili didn’t play after halftime against the Timberwolves after scoring 12 points. San Antonio won 106-88 for its 12th consecutive home victory.
The 35-year-old already has dealt with back spasms, a left quadriceps bruise and a thigh bruise this season, his 11th in the NBA. In 36 games, he is averaging 12.9 points and 4.6 assists per game.
LOVE SET FOR SURGERY: Kevin Love’s hand surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
Minnesota announced Monday that Love will have his third and fourth metacarpal repaired in New York by Dr. Michelle Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
The two-time All-Star power forward broke the bones during the Jan. 3 game at Denver, a recurrence of the injury he suffered doing knuckle push-ups Oct. 17. Love is expected to return sometime in March. The Wolves assessed a recovery time of eight to 10 weeks after he was hurt.
In 18 games this season, Love has averaged a team-high 18.3 points and 14 rebounds. The Wolves entered Monday’s game at Dallas 9-9 with him and 7-9 without him.
GASOL EXPECTED TO BE OUT AGAIN: Pau Gasol is expected to miss his fifth straight game for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night while he recovers from a concussion.
Gasol wasn’t cleared to play Monday after another evaluation by the Lakers’ medical staff. The four-time All-Star forward was hurt during a game against Denver on Jan. 6 when JaVale McGee accidentally elbowed him in the nose.
Gasol is averaging a career-low 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds, struggling at times to fit into new coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. He also missed a few games with knee tendinitis.
Dwight Howard is expected to play for the Lakers on Tuesday against Milwaukee. The star center returned Sunday from a three-game absence with a torn labrum in his shoulder, getting 22 points and 14 rebounds against Cleveland.
KNEE SIDELINES PAUL: Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul didn’t play Monday at Memphis because of a bruised right kneecap.
Paul bumped knees with J.J. Redick on Saturday with 54 seconds left in a 104-101 loss to Orlando. Eric Bledsoe started for Paul, whom the Clippers said is day-to-day.
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