Popovich: Ginobili 'out a while' with ankle sprain

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


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.