Player News - Spurs

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Tony Parker played just 18 minutes off the bench, but still had 14 points and six assists on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday.

Gregg Popovich has confirmed that Dejounte Murray is now his starting point guard, but Parker will still have a sizable role with the Spurs. Having said that, Murray is the point guard you want to own in fantasy from the Spurs.
Jan 23 - 10:53 PM

Dejounte Murray has taken over the reins from Tony Parker and had one of the best games of his career with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a career-high seven steals on 8-of-15 shooting in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

"(Parker) is still going to be an important part of what we do," coach Gregg Popovich said on Tuesday. "But Dejounte is a young talent and we need to find out exactly what we have there. So it is time." Murray was right on time with a monster line tonight, and while Parker and Patty Mills will still shine from time to time, Murray is the guy you want to own in fantasy right now. Go get him.
Jan 23 - 10:48 PM

Kyle Anderson played 34 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Anderson guarded LeBron James for much of the night and had his fourth double-double of the season. He's played really well in his last three games, averaging 8.3 points, 10.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.7 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over that stretch. And with Kawhi Leonard out until further notice, and with Anderson's confidence soaring, he should be one of the hottest pickups in fantasy hoops right now.
Jan 23 - 10:44 PM

Davis Bertans got the start on Tuesday with Pau Gasol (wrist) unavailable and hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes.

Bertans has been unreliable this season and isn't worth owning, but on nights when he's starting for the Spurs, he's worth a look as a DFS punt. He came through tonight if you used him.
Jan 23 - 10:39 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit 12-of-18 shots and 6-of-7 free throws for 30 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals and a block in 41 minutes of Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavs on Tuesday.

Pau Gasol (wrist) was out tonight and Aldridge took advantage of the extra touches and played a highly efficient game. He's scored at least 30 points eight times this season and was returning early third-round fantasy value coming into this game. And with Kawhi Leonard down and out for the Spurs, Aldridge should be the first option until further notice. He's turned out to be one of the fantasy draft steals of the year.
Jan 23 - 10:37 PM

Davis Bertans will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cavs, with Pau Gasol (wrist) unavailable.

Joining Bertans in the starting five will be Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and LaMarcus Aldridge. Bertans can be hit-or-miss, but with a chance at 30 minutes tonight, he's someone to think about streaming or throwing out there as a DFS punt play. Joffrey Lauvergne should also see an uptick in minutes with Gasol out.

Kawhi Leonard (quad) is rumored to want out of San Antonio.

Jalen Rose said that his sources have been telling him that Leonard has been upset with the Spurs inability to bring in "elite-level talent" during free agency (LaMarcus Aldridge?) and that there's a belief out there that players don't want to play for Gregg Popovich, because Popovich requires you to work hard or something. There does appear to be tension brewing between Leonard and the Spurs, but we're skeptical of Rose's assertion that he wants to be traded. Remember, Aldridge was at an impasse with Spurs' management this summer, but they managed to work things out.
Source: USA Today
Jan 23 - 5:46 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol (wrist) and Manu Ginobili (thigh) have been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

Gasol's wrist has been bothering him over the past few games, so he'll miss the first game of San Antonio's back-to-back set, and we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in Memphis. With Gasol unavailable, it'll likely be either Davis Bertans or Joffrey Lauvergne entering the starting lineup with LaMarcus Aldridge being forced into heavy minutes. Ginobili's absence will translate to more run for Brandon Paul and Bryn Forbes.

Manu Ginobili (thigh) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Cavaliers.

This will be his fourth straight game on the shelf, though he is listed as day-to-day. The Spurs have been using a lot of two-PG lineups lately, and we'll also see more of Bryn Forbes while Ginobili is out.
Jan 22 - 6:44 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Kawhi Leonard and his camp have been described as "distant" and "disconnected" from the Spurs.

According to the report, "Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact" on Leonard's relationship with the front office and coaching staff. Wojnarowski adds that "there is work to be done to repair what has been until now a successful partnership," so the Spurs find themselves in rare territory for a franchise that is considered to be one of the best in all of sports. Spurs GM RC Buford has refuted these claims, but did add that this process has been "difficult for everyone." The superstar forward remains without a timetable to return as he continues to rehab his troublesome quad injury.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 12:11 PM

Tony Parker said after Sunday's game that Dejounte Murray will likely be the Spurs' starting PG going forward.

"[Gregg Popovich] told me ... that he thought it was time," Parker said. "And I was like, 'No, problem.'" He added that he'll help Murray "as best [he] can," and the 35-year-old embodied professionalism in the wake of his demotion. Parker's fantasy value doesn't change too much and his usage rate could actually increase, but Murray gets a solid bump as the starter going forward.
Jan 21 - 10:43 PM

Dejounte Murray was a surprise starter vs. the Pacers on Sunday, and Tony Parker suggested afterward that it's a permanent change.

Murray finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes, but the biggest news came after the game. Parker told reporters that Gregg Popovich "thought it was time" he yield the starting job, and Parker didn't object. Murray started 14 games prior to Sunday, averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.4 turnovers. He's not a 3-point shooter and struggles with percentages, and the starting gig isn't a guarantee of big minutes in San Antonio, but he's a decent pickup while we see how he fares.
Jan 21 - 10:18 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge had a poor double-double during Sunday's home loss, going 5-of-14 from the field for 10 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block.

Aldridge didn't get to the free-throw line and he committed four turnovers. He's a combined 11-of-39 from the field in the Spurs' past two games, but fantasy owners have to be thrilled with the usage and playing time -- he's logged at least 35 minutes in four consecutive games. Gregg Popovich even praised him after the game, saying, "He hasn’t shot it well, but his effort has been off the charts." He'll resume making shots soon enough.
Jan 21 - 10:17 PM

Danny Green finished Sunday's home loss 2-of-9 from the field for nine points with three assists and one rebound in 23 minutes.

The Spurs' home record dropped to 19-3 but that's still the best in the NBA. Green is slumping offensively at 6-of-23 in his past three games (26.1 percent), and he didn't have any defensive stats to salvage the line in 8-cat/9-cat. The opportunity is there without Kawhi Leonard (quad), though, so he's a decent hold if you're not in a points-based league.
Jan 21 - 10:15 PM

Tony Parker came off the bench on Sunday for 12 points (5-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

This was the 21st time Parker has come off the bench in his career, and the first time since the 2010 postseason. Dejounte Murray took his spot and Gregg Popovich would only say "we'll see" when asked if the move would last longer than one game. The Spurs may have simply wanted more playmaking into the second unit with Manu Ginobili (thigh) and Rudy Gay (heel) out again, but we'll find out when they face the Cavs on Tuesday. Either way, this doesn't change Parker's fantasy value very much since the key is him staying on the court and avoiding DNP-CDs.
Jan 21 - 10:08 PM


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