Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Dejounte Murray scored 14 points with two rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in a start against the Cavs on Saturday.

Solid. He didn't close this game out, but that would put him on pace to be a Spurs great with how coach Gregg Popovich doesn't trust rookies. Murray should see some decent run in the first half with Tony Parker (ankle) out and he's already way ahead of the curve. He's worth a look in the short term for deep leagues and his Dynasty owners should be really encouraged today.
Jan 22 - 12:37 AM

Kawhi Leonard won the battle against LeBron James during a thrilling 118-115 overtime victory in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-high 41 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

He's not a system player. He's a system, player. Leonard's offense has been better than his defense these days with six consecutive games of at least 30 points. He joins only George "The Iceman" Gervin as the only two in Spurs history to do that. Leonard wasn't expected to have a J coming out of college, but he posted a 58.7 effective field goal percentage on just his 92 jumpers alone in his last six. The Spurs are first in the NBA in offensive rating in that span and it's all about Kawhi. The Spurs are a Kawhi system these days.
Jan 22 - 12:16 AM

Manu Ginobili hurt his back at the end of Saturday's game in Cleveland.

He grabbed his lower back and was in a lot of pain. Ginobili has a slew of back problems in the past, so you can pencil him as a DNP on Monday and possibly beyond. Jonathon Simmons would be worth a look in deep leagues while Bryn Forbes could be in the rotation. This helps Danny Green too.
Jan 22 - 12:06 AM

Patty Mills scored 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday

With Tony Parker (ankle) set to miss time, Mills will get a better chance for minutes. Although, Dejounte Murray has been fantastic, so Mills may actually not benefit at all.
Jan 22 - 12:04 AM

Kyle Anderson played 18 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four steals and two blocks.

The Spurs when with a small-ball four and it really worked out. Anderson was a +19 in the plus-minus stat and he was out there on the last play, as well. Anderson could get decent run on Monday against the Nets, but obviously we're not adding him.
Jan 22 - 12:00 AM

Dewayne Dedmon scored two points with four rebounds in 10 minutes agains the Cavs on Saturday.

David Lee found the fountain of youth and wasn't lost on defense. This game seemed like a good game for Dedmon to get out there, so perhaps it'll be all D-Lee picking up most of the minutes from the Pau Gasol (hand) injury. Dedmon gets a bad matchup on paper against the Nets on Monday, so he's only a borderline hold.
Jan 21 - 11:57 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee scored 14 points in another start over the Cavs on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

Wow. Lee caught a lot of flak for his terrible defense and lack of conditioning in the past few years. Earlier this season, Lee said he wasn't motivated in previous seasons and he has focused more on staying in shape this year. It shows. He's not going to be this good and coach Gregg Popovich loves the situational angle, but it makes a lot of sense to add league in standard leagues with Pau Gasol (hand) out 1-2 months.
Jan 21 - 11:54 PM

Joel Anthony is expected to sign with the Spurs.

The team is looking for another big man, so they'll go back to Anthony to add some depth. He was with the team at training camp, but was waived on Oct. 22. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 21 - 4:15 PM

Dejounte Murray will start at point guard in place of Tony Parker (foot) Saturday vs. the Cavs.

It was announced earlier in the day that Parker would miss at least two more games. The Spurs are 3-0 when Murray starts this season. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds in the those three contests, although those numbers are inflated due to his awesome outing in the Spurs previous game on Thursday, when he finished with 24 points, two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. It is probably safe to assume that Patty Mills will see more than the 16 minutes he played on Thursday. A fair expectation is the two point guards will split Saturday's minutes fairly evenly.
Jan 21 - 12:20 PM

Tony Parker (foot) will miss at least two more games, including Saturday night vs. the Cavs and Monday vs. the Nets.

This is somewhat surprising news, as Parker was expected to play Saturday after being a late scratch on Thusday. Dejounte Murray had an excellent game starting in place of Parker on Thursday. Murray finished with 24 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Patty Mills ended up only playing 16 minutes in that contest. Murray may draw another start on Saturday, but it unlikely he can come close to matching Thursday's production. We can expect a more even distribution of minutes among the Mills and Murray on Saturday and Monday.
Jan 21 - 12:01 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol (left hand) is undergoing surgery to repair the fracture of his fourth metacarpal.

Typically, a metacarpal fracture surgery will require 4-6 weeks out of action. Gasol suffered this injury in warmups and now his fantasy owners will have to figure out whether or not he's worth a stash. Considering how the Spurs are likely to rest him even more upon his return, he certainly is a cut candidate for those that need stats for the next month. With him out, it figures to be mostly David Lee picking up the minutes, but Dewayne Dedmon's blocking upside makes him interesting in standard leagues. We should see more Davis Bertans, as well.
Jan 20 - 2:55 PM

Tony Parker (ankle) is expected to play Saturday vs. the Cavs in Cleveland.

Parker was a late scratch from the Spurs lineup on Thursday. "It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, so I think we know what we need to do for it and I think he'll be back for Cleveland," coach Gregg Popovich said on Thursday night. Dejounte Murray started in place of Parker on Thursday and played quite well, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 from the field with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Jan 20 - 10:36 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

The Spurs have yet to issue a formal timeline for Pau Gasol (hand), who is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.

The team said there was no timeline for Gasol's return as of Thursday. "We're going to look at it [Friday]," coach Gregg Popovich said, "but he's going to be out for a while." It turns out that Gasol got hurt when he jammed his left hand against Kyle Anderson's shoulder while attempting a running hook. He left the court clutching his left hand before the national anthem. David Lee started in place of Gasol on Thursday and payed well, finishing with 10 points and 16 rebounds in 33 minutes. Dewayne Dedmon scored seven points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Jan 20 - 10:31 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol stated that he does not intent to exercise his player option, preferring to stay in San Antonio for the 2017-18 season.

Gasol signed a two-year, $30 million contract with the Spurs. The second year of the deal is a player option worth $16 million. "My intention is to continue here, and to be here as long as I can," Gasol said. This interview was given before Gasol fractured his hand in pre-game warmups on Thursday. We are still awaiting for an official timeline regarding how long Gasol will be sidelined. It is worth noting that Kawhi Leonard suffered the same injury (a fractured fourth metacarpal) during the 2013-14 season, and missed 14 games because of the injury.
Jan 20 - 9:45 AM

Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time.
Jan 20 - 12:24 AM


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