Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Bonner (calf) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

He was well enough to direct a Spurs music video, but he hasn't played since suffering the injury on Apr. 10. The Spurs will give more minutes to Tim Duncan, so Bonner won't be needed as much.
Apr 18 - 5:11 PM

Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) went through a light practice on Friday, but he would not commit to his availability for Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.

"If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned.
Apr 17 - 1:26 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.

Kawhi Leonard also double-doubled with 14 points and 10 boards, Tony Parker scored 23, and Boris Diaw hit 10-of-14 shots for 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Spurs fell out of the Top 4 in the West, meaning they may not have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They'll either be the No. 5 or 6 seed, depending on the outcome of the Memphis-Indy game, but they would still be the home team if they are the No. 5 seed, as they have a better record than Portland.
Apr 15 - 11:22 PM

Tony Parker hit 11-of-17 shots for 23 points and six assists in 35 minutes of Wednesday's 108-105 loss to the Pelicans, who had to win to get into the playoffs.

The Spurs had something to play for too, as their 11-game winning streak was snapped, they won't win the Southwest Division now, and got bounced out of a Top 4 seed (home court) because Houston won. The Spurs will be fine and are still one of the favorites in the West, but things won't be as easy if they don't have home court in the first round of the playoffs. If the Grizzlies lose to the Pacers, the Spurs will be the No. 5 seed and would have home-court advantage over Portland. If the Grizz win (and they're ahead right now), the Spurs would be No. 6 and not have home court in Round 1. And if the Spurs are the No. 6 seed, they'll go down as one of the most dangerous No. 6 seed of all time.
Apr 15 - 11:01 PM

Aron Baynes will start Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans, shifting Boris Diaw back to the Spurs' bench.

The Pelicans have an imposing front line with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis, so it's no surprise to see Baynes resurface as a starter. Tiago Splitter (calf) is still resting but there's a good chance he'll be ready to go for the playoffs, so Baynes' starting job may once again be short-lived.
Apr 15 - 7:35 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

The Spurs will deploy their normal starting lineup vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

There was never any doubt about it. Gregg Popovich admitted that he'd prefer to bench all of his key players, but the No. 2 seed Spurs could fall as far as the No. 6 seed during a wild Wednesday to conclude the regular season. They control their own fate, as a win would secure the No. 2 seed, so Spurs' owners can comfortably start Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and company.
Apr 15 - 7:06 PM

Matt Bonner (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

With both Bonner and Tiago Splitter (calf) on the shelf for Wednesday's game, expect Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes to log extended minutes. Baynes makes for an intriguing, albeit risky, daily league prospect.
Apr 14 - 3:02 PM

Tiago Splitter (calf) has already been ruled out for Wednesday's regular season finale.

Additionally, Splitter will be on a strict minutes limit if he suits up for Game 1 of the postseason. It's a redux of what we saw last season with Splitter, when his calf issues were at the forefront of the playoff conversation. Of course, the Spurs went on to win the title, so we think they'll figure it out with or without Splitter.
Apr 13 - 12:44 PM

Aron Baynes moved to the Spurs' bench vs. Phoenix on Sunday, where he posted four points, two rebounds and one block in 17 minutes.

Baynes is a sneaky source of rebounds and percentages as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes -- in the Spurs previous six games he was averaging 12.5 points on 65.9 percent FGs and 94.4 percent FTs, with 6.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks. Tiago Splitter (calf) is iffy to play in the Spurs' final game on Wednesday, so owners in deeper leagues may want to give Baynes one more look.
Apr 12 - 10:13 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw had six points, five rebounds and three turnovers in a rare start on Sunday, making 2-of-5 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws in 24 minutes.

He matched up better vs. the Suns than Aron Baynes, but will likely return to the bench vs. Omer Asik and the Pelicans on Wednesday. Diaw is only worth fantasy owners' attention in 14-team leagues while in a reserve role, and it doesn't help that San Antonio only has one game left on their schedule.
Apr 12 - 10:11 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan's brilliant play continued on Sunday with 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in only 26 minutes vs. the Suns.

The venerable Duncan made 7-of-11 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, and he's been a model of efficiency since the All-Star break -- among other advanced metrics, he has a 60.3 true shooting percentage, a rebound rate of 16.6 percent, and a net rating of +14.3. The Spurs took the No. 2 seed tonight but they're in a close playoff-position battle with the Clippers and Rockets, so it's probable that Duncan will play in Wednesday's regular-season finale.
Apr 12 - 10:08 PM

Danny Green sank three 3-pointers as part of a 12-point effort on Sunday, adding two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block to help the Spurs hold off the visiting Suns.

Green now holds the Spurs' single-season record for 3-pointers made at 191, passing former record-holder Chuck Person. San Antonio is riding a very impressive 11-game win streak, which has vaulted them all the way to the No. 2 seed in the West.
Apr 12 - 10:05 PM

The Spurs have recalled Kyle Anderson from the D-League.

He doesn't have any fantasy value when the Spurs are at full strength, meaning owners in most leagues can simply monitor him from the waiver wire.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 12 - 12:13 PM

Matt Bonner (calf) is doubtful to play against the Suns on Sunday.

It will be Boris Diaw, Aron Baynes and Jeff Ayres getting most of the big man minutes next to Tim Duncan on Sunday. Diaw offers the most upside while Baynes is also worth a look in standard leagues for the last day of the week.
Apr 11 - 6:07 PM

Tiago Splitter (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Suns.

He is not likely to be 100 percent until the playoffs. Splitter was playing well before his nagging calf injury popped up again, but the Spurs are doing just fine without him. Aron Baynes and Boris Diaw will handle most of the minutes next to Tim Duncan.
Apr 11 - 6:05 PM


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