Player News - Spurs

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Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most.
Dec 24 - 5:30 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) has reportedly told some of his closest associates that he thinks he will be able to play on Christmas vs. the Thunder.

Coach Gregg Popovich recently said that he doesn't expect to have him in the lineup anytime soon, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. The Spurs have always been cautious with their players, so it is still unlikely that we will see him take the floor. Owners will want to check back before tip-off just in case, but if Leonard sits out for the fifth game in a row then it will be up to Kyle Anderson and Danny Green to fill the void.
Dec 24 - 10:08 AM

Manu Ginobili said he feels recharged after sitting out Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

"I was dead [after the Portland game]," said Ginobili. "I ran the video in my head a lot of times and saw the mistakes I made over and over again even if I didn’t want to. I needed to unplug, so I played with my kids and tried to do something else." Ginobili is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 treys over his last three games and has turned himself into a must-start any time he is in the Spurs' lineup.
Dec 23 - 10:18 AM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Tony Parker (hamstring) talked his way into the lineup on Monday.

Parker wasn't supposed to play against the Clippers on Monday, but he managed to talk Popovich into letting him play. "I’m scared to death about it," Popovich said before the game, "but I’m just going to trust him. Popovich's trust paid off as Parker poured in 26 points to go with four assists, two steals, and one three-pointer in the win. Parker will undoubtedly receive rest days going forward, but fantasy owners can feel free to lock him into their lineups for now.
Dec 23 - 10:11 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan returned after being rested on Saturday and had 21 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Clippers.

He's going to get plenty of rest from Gregg Popovich throughout the regular season, but any time he's going to play, he should be in your lineup, obviously.
Dec 23 - 3:47 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw scored a season-high 23 points against the Clippers during a 125-118 win on Monday with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

He's playing a lot of minutes and is filling it up. Over his last five games, Diaw averaged 12.2 points, 6.8 boards, 4.8 assists and 1.2 triples in 32.8 minutes per game. Diaw won't be playing this much now that the Spurs are getting guys back, but he's worth a look in standard leagues until Kawhi Leonard (hand) returns.
Dec 23 - 12:59 AM

Tiago Splitter played 18 minutes in the starting lineup on Monday with six points, two rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

The Spurs aren't going to be playing him big minutes any time soon due to his chronic calf injury. Splitter may start, but he can be left on the wire in just about all leagues.
Dec 23 - 12:56 AM

Danny Green played 29 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 11 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He was extremely quiet in the first half, but turned it on late with a huge corner 3-pointer to help ice this one. Green is putting up first-round value on the season, but he'll eventually slow down. Also, the next time he isn't in the starting lineup, it should raise a red flag.
Dec 23 - 12:53 AM

Tony Parker was terrific against the Clippers on Monday with 26 points, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

So much for him being limited. Parker made 11-of-18 from the field and did a decent job on Chris Paul on the other end, too. Parker will certainly be getting some nights off, but he's going to be a top-15 point guard while he's in the lineup. He should play on Christmas.
Dec 23 - 12:46 AM

Manu Ginobili scored 19 points with two rebounds, 10 assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

He did suffer a mild injury to his shoulder late in this game, which is concerning considering he has already missed a game due to a shoulder injury. The Spurs are off until Thursday, so this issue might not cost him a game. The DNPs are going to be too annoying in standard leagues.
Dec 23 - 12:39 AM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) is not expected to return to the lineup anytime soon, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

He had another injection on his hand, may need offseason surgery, and his doctor said he hasn't seen an injury like this before. The Spurs do not play their guys at less than 100 percent and they're going to allow Leonard to heal. His fantasy owners have no choice but to bench him and hope he'll make it back in early 2015. While he's out Kyle Anderson will likely get more starts, but he's not a great fantasy option. Marco Belinelli will also play more.
Dec 22 - 7:09 PM

Tony Parker (hamstring) is going to start on Monday against the Clippers and see limited minutes.

As per usual, there's no telling what limited means with the Spurs. One thing that is clear is that fantasy owners of Cory Joseph should dial down their expectations tonight. Parker is worth owning in standard leagues, but will likely rest a lot this season.
Dec 22 - 6:49 PM

Tony Parker (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Parker has missed five straight and eight of nine games with the hamstring injury, so the upgrade in status is a great sign after he was previously declared out. If Parker is able to play, Cory Joseph would go back to the bench and lose a lot of his fantasy appeal in the process. However, it is worth noting that Parker has already aggravated the issue once, and the Spurs are notoriously careful with their veteran players.
Dec 22 - 1:15 PM

Tiago Splitter (calf) is not playing in the second game of back-to-back sets for now.

There is no timetable for how long this restriction may last, but it's part of the plan for Splitter to ease back into action after missing 20 games with his calf injury. "Pop just tells me if I’m playing or not playing," Splitter said. "I think they’re just trying to be careful with me."
Dec 22 - 10:38 AM

Kyle Anderson felt good about being ready to step in for the Spurs when Kawhi Leonard (hand) went down.

"When I was told I would start, I was ready," said Anderson. "I went out there and played the way (coach Gregg Popovich) wants us to play, starting on the defensive end, finding open guys and playing within the system." Averaging 6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals on 44.8 percent shooting (six games), Anderson has displayed some of the versatility he flashed in college. "He’s a young kid," Popovich said. "He hasn’t been playing very long. Every minute he gets is like an education for him."
Dec 22 - 10:37 AM

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