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DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and no turnovers in 41 minutes during a 112-109 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

It's not often coach Gregg Popovich gives his star players big minutes and DeRozan sits just under 37 minutes per game on the year. No player has really even been close to that in the Pop era since Tim Duncan played 36.6 minutes per game back in 2003-04. The big volume, high usage, and six-plus dimes on strong efficiency has him as a top-20 player in standard leagues. Given his durability, he has an excellent chance to stay in that neighborhood.
Nov 16 - 1:17 AM

Bryn Forbes scored 17 points with one rebound, two assists and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

The arrival of Derrick White hasn't hurt Forbes one bit. In those five games, he's averaged 13.0 points, 1.6 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He'll be more of a specialist for treys, so he'll be more of a top 125-150 player in standard leagues.
Nov 16 - 1:16 AM

Derrick White failed to score with two rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

He came out flat today and maybe it was because of the back-to-back set after a 16-point night in Phoenix. White's starting job should be secure, but he'll have to play well or else either Bryn Forbes and/or Patty Mills will take his playing time down the stretch like they did tonight. White is still a hold in standard leagues.
Nov 16 - 1:16 AM

Rudy Gay went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Thursday and did not return.

He didn't look to suffer a major injury, so this could be related to his heel issue. Gay checked out with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes, but returned to the bench in the final three minutes. He's had Achilles issues for his third straight season and they likely won't be going away, so he may have to miss games going forward. He'll be productive when he's active.
Nov 16 - 1:15 AM

Patty Mills scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

He was starting to disappear with only 6.0 points per game in his previous three, but Derrick White was not effective in his 17 minutes tonight. White has played well for the most part and he'll likely improve as he gets his legs back, so Mills should continue to trend down.
Nov 16 - 1:13 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-of-15 from the field for 10 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

He's been a mess with three scoring duds in his last five, averaging 12.6 points, 14.2 boards, 0.4 dimes, 1.6 blocks and 0.4 steals on just 32.4 percent from the field. Aldridge has over half of his shots come via a jumper, so he'll be susceptible to slumps like this one. There's no reason to worry and he could snap out of it in no time.
Nov 16 - 1:12 AM

Rudy Gay will return vs. the Clippers on Thursday, as expected.

Gay sat out Wednesday's game as a precaution and the Spurs are reportedly "doing everything they can to prevent inflammation of Rudy's right heel." Preventive maintenance will likely be an ongoing theme, especially if the 7-6 Spurs start falling out of the playoff race.
Nov 15 - 4:59 PM

Jakob Poeltl played 19 minutes off the bench on Wednesday and had seven points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks on 2-of-6 shooting in a 116-96 loss to the Suns.

Those aren't the kind of numbers that should make you want to run out and pick him up, but it was easily the best line of his year so far. The points, rebounds, blocks and minutes were all season highs. This is a step in the right direction, but we were expecting a little more, especially considering Pau Gasol has now missed four straight games with a foot injury. Just keep an eye on Poeltl in case he starts getting more minutes, which he'll need in order to become a fantasy factor.
Nov 14 - 11:59 PM

Dante Cunningham started for a resting Rudy Gay on Wednesday and hit 2-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 25 minutes.

The line was actually sneaky good if you overlook the scoring, but Gay's not hurt (too badly) and Cunningham has been an invisible man for most of the season. The only Spurs we'd think about messing with right now are DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Gay (when he's playing) and Bryn Forbes. And unfortunately for Gregg Popovich, that's a pretty light crew, especially once you get past DeRozan and Aldridge.
Nov 14 - 11:54 PM

Derrick White hit 6-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in 29 minutes of Wednesday's 116-96 loss to the Sunrs.

The turnovers and low assists are kind of a buzzkill, but White has scored in double digits in three straight, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in them. And in his previous two games he totaled just three turnovers, so hopefully tonight's mishandles were a bit of a fluke. He's not setting the world on fire, but he's starting at point guard and putting up suitable numbers, as long as you didn't cut a stud to pick him up. The reeling and severely undermanned Spurs have lost four straight games and the last two have come at the hands of the Suns and Kings, once automatic, 'sit-old-guys-because-I-can' wins for the Spurs.
Nov 14 - 11:45 PM

Rudy Gay (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

Gay just got back from the heel issue, so the Spurs will play it safe with him on the first night of a back-to-back set. He'll be back out there for Thursday's game against the Clippers, but with him out tomorrow, there will be more minutes available for guys like Davis Bertans and Dante Cunningham.
Nov 13 - 7:09 PM

The Spurs placed Derrick White on the injury report by accident.

They listed him as out with a knee injury, but that injury designation was meant for Lonnie Walker. White will be ready to roll against the Suns.
Nov 13 - 7:07 PM

DeMar DeRozan's 23 points weren't enough in Monday's 104-99 loss to the Kings.

That's San Antonio's first loss to the Kings in their last 15 matchups. DeRozan added eight assists, two rebounds and four turnovers in 37 minutes. He's off to an incredible start with the Spurs with a total of 300 points through 12 games -- only David Robinson and George Gervin have exceeded that mark.
Nov 13 - 1:22 AM

Jakob Poeltl (ankle) played 13 minutes vs. the Kings on Monday, scoring one point with four rebounds and one assist.

He can't even make an impact while Pau Gasol (foot) is out which doesn't bode well for his rest-of-season outlook. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 13 - 1:16 AM

Rudy Gay (heel) returned from a three-game absence on Monday vs. the Kings, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, one block and two triples.

He played just 21 minutes off the bench and the Spurs will probably ease him back into things for the next few games. Gay was averaging a modest 13.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 triples entering tonight's game, so pick him up if you're OK with the possibility of some maintenance days.
Nov 13 - 1:09 AM


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