Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Kawhi Leonard has been officially ruled out for Game 4 on Sunday.

Based on how the last three games have went, it's fair to say we've seen the last of Kawhi with the Spurs. Things could change in a hurry, but this has been one of the strangest injury stories in a long, long time.
Apr 21 - 3:55 PM

Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will coach Game 4 on Sunday.

Head coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away earlier this week and he is not with the team. Our thoughts remain with Coach Pop and his family during this difficult time.
Apr 21 - 1:05 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) is expected to return to the team on Saturday.

Lauvergne logged six minutes in Game 1 but did not play in Game 2 or 3, as he has been away from the team due to a death in his family. He should be ready to play on Sunday as the Spurs try to avoid a sweep, but he does not see significant minutes even when available.
Apr 20 - 11:36 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two turnovers during a Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.

The Spurs just don't have the offense right now and the Warriors know that limiting Aldridge likely means they'll be getting a win. San Antonio will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday night at home, but things aren't looking good for a team that typically makes a postseason run.
Apr 20 - 12:02 AM

Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will coach Game 3 on Thursday night.

Head coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away on Wednesday and it's unclear when he will return to the sidelines. We wish him and his family all the best.
Apr 19 - 11:37 AM

The Spurs announced that coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away earlier on Wednesday.

The Spurs announced that Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, died earlier on Wednesday. "We mourn the loss of Erin," said Spurs GM R.C. Buford. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." Our thoughts are with Popovich, his family and the Spurs organization at this difficult time.
Apr 18 - 8:27 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) will not play in Game 3 against the Warriors.

It'll be his second game listed as out, but Lauvergne wouldn't be in the rotation anyway.
Apr 18 - 3:21 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports that Kawhi Leonard occasionally texts "one" of his San Antonio teammates, but "goes weeks without responding to any of the club's calls and texts."

Despite a lack of actual news or reports, we already knew the relationship between Leonard and the Spurs might be severely strained, and Gregg Popovich's glowing shoutout to LaMarcus Aldridge after Monday's Game 2 appears to have been a jab lobbed directly at Leonard, as well. But the fact that Leonard won't be on the bench with his teammates again for Game 3 and isn't even returning calls or communicating with the Spurs takes things to a new level. The Bee also reports that several teams are putting together packages in hopes of acquiring Leonard in a trade this summer, and if things are as broken as Ailene Voisin's story make it sound, Leonard's days in San Antonio might really be over.
Apr 17 - 11:24 PM

It seemed coach Gregg Popovich took a subtle shot at Kawhi Leonard (quad) during his postgame press conference following Monday's loss to the Warriors.

Coach Pop spoke glowingly about LaMarcus Aldridge after the defeat in Game 2. "LaMarcus has been a monster all year long," said Popovich. "He’s led our team at both ends of the floor. He doesn't complain about a darn thing out on the court. He just plays through everything. I can't imagine being more proud of a player as far as playing through adversity and being there for his teammates night after night after night." It's not much of a reach to conclude that Pop, while praising Aldrige, was also subtly sending a message to Leonard, who is not with the team as he rehabs in New York.
Source: USA Today
Apr 17 - 1:53 PM

Danny Green started and played 25 minutes, but missed all three of his shots and finished Monday's Game-2 loss with zero points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

Dejounte Murray was nearly just as disappointing with four points, zero assists and two steals in 13 minutes, and the postseason Spurs look a lot like the regular-season Spurs. All of them are impossible to trust except for LaMarcus Aldridge.
Apr 17 - 1:29 AM

Rudy Gay started over Kyle Anderson on Monday night and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in a 116-101 loss.

The move worked out well for the Spurs, who at least hung in this game and held a small halftime lead, but the only thing that can possibly save the Spurs at this point is the return of Kawhi Leonard (quad), which isn't likely to happen. The Spurs may get new life with Games 3 and 4 in San Antonio, where they held a 33-8 record in the regular season, but the odds of them advancing are not good.
Apr 17 - 1:25 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit 11-of-21 shots and 12-of-12 free throws for 34 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in Monday's 116-100 loss to the Warriors, dropping the Spurs into an 0-2 hole in Round 1.

Aldridge was great and Patty Mills scored 21, but it's hard to see the Spurs hanging with the Warriors without Kawhi Leonard (quad). This was a nice opportunity for the Spurs, as they led by seven at halftime, but the Warriors finished out strong in the second half and won handily. Game 3 is in San Antonio on Thursday, and it's important to keep in mind the Warriors still don't have Stephen Curry (knee), who should be back in Round 2 or 3. The Spurs were 33-8 at home this year, so they've got a chance in Games 3 and 4, but it feels like the Warriors are too young and quick to lose this series.
Apr 17 - 1:21 AM

Rudy Gay will start in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

The Spurs will move Kyle Anderson to the bench as they attempt to get more firepower into the first unit. Gay was one of the few bright spots for the Spurs in Game 1, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Apr 16 - 9:06 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) is not expected to return at any point during the postseason, sources told Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

This is the third non-update we've received on Leonard in the last three hours, and hopefully, it's our final one for a while. This entire storyline has become ridiculously exhausting, and at no point have we received any legitimate news on where Leonard actually stands in his rehab. Per Shams, Leonard is still rehabbing in New York and has not been cleared by his doctors, though Charania does add the detail that Leonard's rehab has been in "collaboration and with the approval of the Spurs' medical staff." You might get a different answer on that last nugget dependent upon who you'd ask, but it's clear we shouldn't be expecting a Willis Reed moment from Leonard in these playoffs.
Apr 15 - 5:08 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) will not play in Monday's Game 2 vs. the Warriors

We sincerely hope that everything is okay with Lauvergne and his family, but this has no direct impact on San Antonio's chances at slowing down the Golden State machine.
Apr 15 - 4:56 PM


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