Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol revealed after Monday's game that he's been dealing with a right (shooting) hand injury.

"I can't really bend it much," Gasol said. "It's been building up. I jammed it and it's been a little swollen. I decided to play [Monday]." It sounds like Gasol's ability to play will be dependent on pain tolerance, but knowing the Spurs, he could certainly hit the sidelines on Wednesday in Brooklyn. If he does need to miss time, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne would likely pick up most of his minutes. Stay tuned.
Jan 15 - 6:59 PM

Kawhi Leonard said the reason he didn't play on Monday was due to the Spurs' "return from injury management" program, and not due to a flare-up with the quad issue.

The Spurs have been extremely cautious with Leonard this season, not allowing him to play unless he's had two full days off in between games, and that's apparently the reason why he sat out Monday's game (he logged 28 minutes on Saturday). Hopefully, this means we can expect to see him back on the court on Wednesday in Brooklyn, and owners can expect to get another update by Wednesday morning's shootaround at the latest.
Jan 15 - 6:28 PM

Davis Bertans played 24 minutes and hit 4-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in Monday's 102-99 loss to the Hawks.

Bertans has had some big games lately and probably would have had another one today, had his shot been falling. He's averaging 13.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he won't help in any other areas. But as long as Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) and Rudy Gay (heel) are hurting, Bertans is going to play. And it doesn't hurt that Manu Ginobili also went down today with a thigh injury.
Jan 15 - 5:48 PM

Danny Green hit 4-of-7 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes of Monday's loss to the Hawks.

Green has played in back-to-back games and played 10 more minutes tonight than he did on Saturday. Manu Ginobili went down (again) with a thigh injury today so Green could see a slightly bigger role going forward, assuming that he can stay healthy. He has been a bit of a nightmare to own, but he also has hit three 3-pointers in each of his last two games, and had at least a steal and block in each of them, which is why people still deal with him in fantasyland.
Jan 15 - 5:40 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit 11-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes.

Aldridge was great again today, while Pau Gasol took a backseat and had a very quiet 21 minutes. Aldridge has clearly become the leader of this team with Kawhi Leonard's lost season in progress, while Gasol has been hit-or-miss all season. The Spurs were 20-2 vs. the Hawks since 2006, but that number went to 20-3 with the loss.
Jan 15 - 5:32 PM

Kyle Anderson got another start for Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) on Monday and had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

Leonard said he was simply held out for maintenance today, and not his new shoulder injury, so he should be back for the next one. But we're not sure how often he'll play, and this is starting to look like a lost season since he's only appeared in eight games thus far. And while Anderson hasn't exactly been a Kawhi clone in his absence, he's worth a look in deeper leagues. He's averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals over his last five games.
Jan 15 - 5:28 PM

Manu Ginobili has a right thigh contusion and will not return to Monday's game.

Here we go again with another episode of Spurs, old guys and injuries, brought to you by Gregg Popovich. Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul will both benefit, as will Danny Green, if he ever gets fully healthy again.
Jan 15 - 3:50 PM

Manu Ginobili (leg) is headed to the locker room.

Ginobili appeared to hurt his right leg fighting through a Dedmon screen, called for a sub, and went straight back to the locker room. We should have another update soon, but if he's forced to miss time, that would open up minutes for guys like Brandon Paul and Bryn Forbes.
Jan 15 - 3:37 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

This is the same quad issue that delayed Leonard's start to the season, and it's extremely concerning that it's become an issue again with how careful the Spurs have been with him (he's played in just nine games this season). The Spurs take on the Nets in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Leonard questionable for that one. With him unavailable tonight, Kyle Anderson will draw the start with LaMarcus Aldridge doing the heavy lifting on offense.

Kawhi Leonard is "bothered" by his quad injury and is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

He just can't catch a break and neither can his fantasy owners. His shoulder seemed fine in Saturday's game, but this quad injury has been an issue since the offseason. Don't be surprised if the Spurs hold him out in what should be an easy win. If he sits, Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans will step up with LaMarcus Aldridge carrying the offense.
Jan 15 - 1:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard is not being listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Hawks.

Leonard looked fine in his return to action on Saturday, and if he's able to play Monday, it'll be the first time this season he will have played in a game without having two nights off. Based on the current injury report, Rudy Gay (heel) will be the only Spur to hit the sidelines on MLK Day.
Jan 14 - 4:32 PM

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was surprised that Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) was in such great shape on Saturday.

"He's looking confident in his body," Popovich said. "He wasn't winded tonight, which surprised me. He's coming along well." Leonard has played in consecutive games only once and has not played on less than two days' rest, but he said he "needs to string some games together" and that he's remaining patient as he works his way back to 100 percent.
Jan 14 - 9:37 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge posted 15 points, five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot over 27 minutes in Saturday's 112-80 blowout win against the Nuggets.

Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard lasted slightly longer than some of the others in the starting five, but they powered it down for most of the fourth quarter with the team hammering the visitors. It's a favorable upcoming week for Aldridge and the Spurs, as they have a four-game week starting Monday in Atlanta with no back-to-back situations.
Jan 13 - 11:49 PM

Tony Parker (sprained right ankle) returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Nuggets, playing 19 minutes while posting five points.

Parker didn't last long, but it wasn't due to any type of setback with his injury. He and the starters received plenty of rest in the second half, giving way to the reserve in a blowout victory. The Spurs are next in action on Monday afternoon in Atlanta. They have four games on tap in the upcoming week, but no back-to-back situations.
Jan 13 - 11:47 PM

Davis Bertans went for 18 points with a team-best plus-25 rating across 23 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 112-80 win against Denver.

Bertans was a very efficient 6-of-8 from the field, including 6-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. He and Manu Ginobili are the only Spurs to post six triples in a game this season. Bertans also accomplished the feat back on Jan. 8 against the Kings. He is having a nice January, posting 13.0 points per game while averaging 3.0 3-pointers per game. If you need triples Bertans is worth scooping up while running hot.
Jan 13 - 11:44 PM


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