The San Antonio Spurs placed guard Manu Ginobili on the injured list Monday, two days after he injured his back in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Team officials said Ginobili, a second-year player from Argentina, has a lower back sprain and that he will miss at least five games.
He is San Antonio's third-leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, and is also averaging 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
In other news, Spur Chairman Peter Holt, 55, checked into an alcohol treatment center last week. He will stay there for an unspecified period.
New Orleans' George Lynch and Jamaal Magloire and Indiana's Al Harrington were each fined $10,000 by the NBA for their roles in an altercation Saturday night in a game between the Hornets and Pacers.
Toronto Raptor guard Milt Palacio is sidelined indefinitely because of a minor fracture in his left wrist, suffered Sunday against Phoenix.
From Associated Press