Player News - Spurs

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Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 95-91 loss in Chicago on Thursday.

On top of Kawhian Island being a scary place for his opponent, his consistency as a scorer is top notch. Leonard has scored at least 19 points in each of his 14 games. In that span, he has a 29.2 usage rate and 58.5 true shooting percentage. On the year, Leonard also has a 50.0 effective field goal percentage on his jumper and is unassisted 54.3 percent of the time on all of his makes. He's also in the top five for free throw percentage at 91.1 percent on his 6.8 attempts per game. He's an exceptional fantasy asset.
Dec 9 - 1:28 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He got a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd in his first game back. The Spurs also lost their first game on the road this season and had a four-game winning streak get snapped. As for Gasol, he'll get some time off with only one game until Wednesday with the Nets coming to San Antonio on Saturday.
Dec 9 - 1:16 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge made 5-of-15 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal in 31 minutes on Thursday.

He's in a slump right now. Aldridge lives and dies by the midrange and has made just 32.4 percent from that range over his last five -- those shots also account for 56.7 percent of his shot total. In that five-game span, Aldridge averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals. He's a buy-low option.
Dec 9 - 1:13 AM

Patty Mills scored 16 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He's having a fantastic season and moved back into the top five for true shooting percentage tonight. Mills' playing time only gets a few extra minutes in the nights Tony Parker is out, so he doesn't get a big bump to his floor. He also didn't go the line tonight, so he doesn't qualify for the league lead in free throw percentage with his 94.1. He has top-100 value in standard leagues and is a low-end hold.
Dec 9 - 1:04 AM

Tony Parker scored eight points in his return on Thursday, adding one rebound, five assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes against the Bulls.

While it was a surprise to see him back, he did not look right and hasn't played well all season. Parker has looked bad on defense at times, but it hasn't really hurt the Spurs overall. Interestingly, the Spurs have given up a season-high scoring effort to a point guard just once all season, which is tied for the lowest in the NBA. As for Parker, he's too much of a headache to own.
Dec 9 - 12:57 AM

Manu Ginobili missed all nine shots from the field and didn't go to the line on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 18 minutes.

The rest hasn't really helped him much. He's rested in two of the last five, making just 27.3 percent from the field in his other three. Ginobili isn't a fantasy option.
Dec 9 - 12:51 AM

Tony Parker (left knee) will start against the Bulls on Thursday night.

This is a mild surprise for Parker, who missed Tuesday's action. Parker likely won't play many minutes in his return to the lineup and he'll certainly miss more games going forward.
Dec 8 - 8:21 PM

Kyle Anderson played 22 minutes off the bench and had 11 points, a 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and a block on 2-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's 105-91 win over the Timberwolves.

Anderson had scored a total of six points in his previous four games, so don't get too excited. But with Danny Green scoring just five points last night, and averaging just 7.5 points in his 13 games this season, Anderson is worth keeping an eye on in case Gregg Popovich grows tired of Green's struggles. But for now, Anderson belongs on waivers, along with Green.
Dec 7 - 12:03 AM

Patty Mills came off the bench and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

Tony Parker is going to miss time with a knee injury and while Mills is coming off the bench, he's the guy you want to own in Parker's absence. He was awful in his last game, missing all eight of his shots for one point on Monday, but was much better in this one. And while Nicolas Laprovittola is starting for Parker, Mills is the guy Gregg Popovich wants to run the offense. Pick him up if you need a point guard.
Dec 6 - 11:59 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol played 26 minutes and had 11 points, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, zero steals and zero blocks in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

Gasol has played pretty well in his last three games, averaging 15 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers, but a day off is probably coming in his near future. If you can trade Gasol based on his name value and get something decent in return, we wouldn't blame you.
Dec 6 - 11:54 PM

Kawhi Leonard hit 11-of-15 shots for 31 points, one rebound, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

It's not a season high in points for Kawhi, but it's close. He scored 34 points way back on Nov. 9, and hadn't scored more than 23 points in his previous six games. Leonard didn't exactly crush the stat sheet like he's capable of doing, but he did fill it. He hasn't had a night off yet this season, so it's time to start watching for news that Gregg Popovich will sit him for a game. But if you drafted Leonard and have been disappointed with his output, tonight was a nice step in the right direction.
Dec 6 - 11:51 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 3-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three steals and no blocks in 30 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

Aldridge played pretty well in his previous two games, scoring 18 and 19 points, but had just five points on 2-of-9 shooting last Wednesday. LMA has been hit or miss under Gregg Popovich this season and is fairly unreliable. He's still a solid player to hold and use in season-long leagues, but we simply don't trust him in DFS. And tonight's a good reason as to why.
Dec 6 - 11:29 PM

Manu Ginobili is expected to be rested against the Wolves on Tuesday.

He will be uniform, but the Spurs will only use him in emergency situations. If he doesn't end up playing, this would be his third maintenance day over the last six games.
Dec 6 - 7:39 PM

Nicolas Laprovittola will start Tuesday vs. the Timberwolves with Tony Parker (knee) unavailable.

In his previous two starts, Laprovittola has contributed averages of 7.0 points, 1.5 assists and not much else, so he's not a great option tonight despite the increased opportunity. Patty Mills should see some more opportunity with the second unit, and Pau Gasol will be a bit more involved on offense.
Source: ESPN
Dec 6 - 6:47 PM

Tony Parker (left knee contusion) will not play Tuesday vs. Minnesota.

This news is not surprising, as Coach Pop told reporters on Monday that Parker would likely have to miss and "extended period" of time due to his latest injury, which he suffered against the Bucks on Monday night. Feel free to cut Parker if you play in a standard league, as there should be far more attractive options on the wire. Nicolas Laprovittola will likely start in place of Parker on Tuesday, but Patty Mills is the biggest beneficiary.
Dec 6 - 2:02 PM


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