Spurs' Danny Green expected to miss four weeks with fractured left hand

Monday January 13th, 2014

Danny Green (left) joins Tiago Splitter among San Antonio's wounded. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)Danny Green joins Tiago Splitter among San Antonio's wounded. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

One of the deepest teams in the NBA will have to endure another loss to its rotation, as Spurs guard Danny Green suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his left hand on Sunday. Green, who is averaging 22.4 minutes per game this season, is expected to miss four weeks of action.

The injury, initially diagnosed as a sprained finger, occurred during the first half of San Antonio's game against Minnesota on Sunday. Green logged just nine minutes in the game -- the majority of which came in the first quarter, with just a half-minute stint in the second before exiting the game for good.

It's been an odd season for Green, who has appreciably cooled off since blitzing the Heat on three-pointers in the 2013 NBA Finals. Even then, it's all relative; Green's still-quite-good 38.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc would be an impressive mark for most, but on an individual basis it reflects Green's worst long-range shooting season in three years. Over his previous two seasons in San Antonio, Green had converted 43.1 percent of his long-range attempts -- one of the 10 highest marks among qualifying shooters in that time. The fall has been brutal at times, though, with Green erring into a particularly notable 3-for-21 stretch in three-point shooting in the five games prior to his injury.

center Tiago Splitter on the shelf
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