The injury, which occurred February 18 against the Los Angeles Clippers, has caused Ginobili to miss the Spurs’ last four games after missing 22 games earlier in the season with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand.
Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard missed Thursday’s short practice as he recovers from a minor strain in his right calf. He is not likely to play Friday against Charlotte, Popovich said.
Manu could be back in the lineup on Friday against the Bobcats.
“(Kawhi) got on a treadmill a little bit today,” Popovich said. “We scripted a little bit of offense, but there was no contact or anything.”
Danny Green also missed practice after banging through what he termed several formidable Chicago screens during the course of the game against the Bulls.
“His shoulder got a pretty good stinger,” Popovich said. “Nothing is dislocated, but he got a sprain and he didn’t practice today. He’s been working through the pain and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Gary Neal had no problems playing on a sore hamstring. He scored 13 consecutive points and 15 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead a late San Antonio rally that came up just short in the Spurs’ 96-89 loss to the Bulls.
Popovich said that Neal reported no lingering effects of the injury on the day after the game.
“No, he felt pretty good,” Popovich said. “He didn’t feel his hamstring at all. He did a great job last night, as a matter of fact.”
Popovich reported that Tony Parker “got a little dinged” at one point in Wednesday’s game but had no ill effects and should be ready for the Bobcats.
The Spurs are not expected to re-sign forward Eric Dawson, whose 10-day contract has expired. Dawson is expected to head back to Austin to join the Toros.