Clippers' Thomas, Spurs' Ginobili leave game in first quarter

SAN ANTONIO -- Clippers forward Tim Thomas and Spurs guard
Manu Ginobili were injured during the first quarter of their game
Saturday night.

Thomas fell to the ground and was in obvious pain after
appearing to get tripped up by another Los Angeles player. He was
helped off the floor with 6:38 to play in the first and the team
said he had a sprained left knee.

Thomas was averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds heading into
the game against San Antonio. He missed the Clippers' Dec. 16 game
against the Los Angeles Lakers with a sprained right ankle.

With about 4 1/2 minutes to go in the first, Ginobili grabbed his
left hand and left the court. The team said he sprained his left
index finger. It's the same injury Ginobili had Dec. 2 against
Portland. Ginobili is averaging 20 points for San Antonio.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News that Ginobili's finger is in "bad shape."

"It's like having a sprained thumb," Popovich told newspaper. "You keep hitting it and hitting it, and it never gets healed. He's having a hard time grasping the ball, holding the ball, shooting the ball, that sort of thing.

"We were hoping that he was turning the corner. He was playing through it, and he really got whacked hard tonight. So now he's back to square one, and we'll just wait and see how he feels."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.