Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

Tony Parker shot 7-of-16 from the field on Sunday to finish with 17 points as the Spurs defeated the visiting Grizzlies 103-89.

Parker added one rebound, six assists, one steal and one turnover while playing 35 minutes. His production has been topsy-turvy for the past few weeks but the good news is that he's been impervious to DNP-CDs since the All-Star break, a situation which hopefully won't change during the Spurs' final nine games.
Mar 29 - 9:29 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw stepped up vs. the Grizzlies with 10 points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and two assists in just 22 minutes off the bench.

Diaw made 4-of-8 field goals and he's now averaging a solid 14.6 points on 58.9 percent shooting, 1.2 three-pointers and 4.4 rebounds over the Spurs' past five games. He's added zero steals or blocks during that span, unfortunately, which is limiting him to late-round value despite the offensive surge.
Mar 29 - 9:28 PM

Kawhi Leonard carried the Spurs to a win over Memphis on Sunday with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal.

DNP-CDs have been mercifully rare for the Spurs this season, but if Gregg Popovich does intend to rest his key players, there are two likely back-to-back sets coming up on Mar. 31/Apr. 1 and Apr. 7/8. There's obviously no need to panic, especially with Leonard -- the 23-year-old star scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter tonight and he's reclaimed elite value despite playing a modest 33.1 minutes per game in March.
Mar 29 - 9:27 PM

Aron Baynes (ankle) will play vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, as expected.

He sat out Friday's game but the injury wasn't severe, and he's returning at an ideal time vs. the Grizzlies' frontcourt. A handful of reserve minutes aren't enough to give Baynes any fantasy appeal.
Mar 29 - 5:18 PM

Aron Baynes (ankle) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Baynes is having a tough time battling injuries, but he'll be back. Still, he fights like a a younger man with nothing held back. The Spurs will have Baynes back in their precious armory on Sunday, but they will not need it.
Mar 28 - 5:18 PM

Davis Bertans, a Latvian Sharpshooter whose NBA rights are owned by the Spurs, suffered another torn ACL in his right knee.

It's the second time in the last two seasons that Bertans tore his right ACL, and he is looking at another lengthy recovery period. "We are devastated for the young man and for his team," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "We know how hard he had worked to return from his previous injury. It’s not an easy thing to do, and this new injury is very unfortunate." Bertans was playing well for his team in Spain (Baskonia) before suffering the injury, but this latest setback significantly decreases the chances that we will see him in the NBA.
Mar 28 - 10:40 AM

Tiago Splitter scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in the Spurs' 94-76 win over the Mavs on Friday.

Splitter is on a nice little push with averages of 12.6 points, 6.4 boards, 1.9 combined steals and blocks, 67.2 percent field goals and 73.1 percent shooting from the line over his last eight games. That's good enough for top-55 returns and with the Spurs' favorable schedule he should be owned in all standard formats.
Mar 28 - 2:28 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw scored 19 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 8-of-11 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.

Diaw is running at a top 90-100 level over his past four games and if you took a chance on him because of his excellent fantasy schedule so far you're winning.
Mar 28 - 2:25 AM

Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play Friday vs. Dallas.

Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, and Matt Bonner will have the opportunity for some extended minutes tonight, but with 13 games being played tonight, there should be much more appealing options out there to slide into your active roster.
Mar 27 - 12:40 PM

The Spurs have re-assigned rookie F Kyle Anderson to their D-League affiliate.

Anderson is a negligible part of the Spurs' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 26 - 5:53 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw had 19 points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 9-of-15 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 130-91 win over the Thunder.

Diaw's actually been running hot for the Spurs, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 56 percent over his last five games. Give him a look if you need a warm body. Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Jeff Ayres and Patty Mills all scored in double digits for the Spurs, but this game was so ugly, there wasn't much to learn from it. The Spurs are rolling, winning nine of 12 games in March with big wins over the Thunder, Hawks and Bulls.
Mar 26 - 3:02 AM

Aron Baynes (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

America was robbed of being able to watch Baynes collide in the paint with Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Mitch McGary tonight, but hopefully we will be able to watch him wreak havoc in the paint again soon. Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner might see a few extra minutes tonight, but fantasy owners shouldn't be too excited about that.

Kawhi Leonard racked up 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block vs. Mavericks on Tuesday, finishing the Spurs' road loss without any turnovers in 36 minutes.

He's averaging more than three steals per game since mid-March and his fantasy value is soaring along with his confidence. It's scary to think what the 23-year-old Leonard will be capable of in his prime, but he's already a game-changing talent who is anchoring the Spurs' hopes for back-to-back championships. Follow the link below to read Kirk Goldsberry's timely "love letter to Kawhi's defense."
Source: Grantland
Mar 25 - 12:09 AM

Manu Ginobili (ankle) played 16 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's road loss, scoring seven points with four boards, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

Manu knocked down three of his six FG attempts and didn't seem bothered by his ankle, though he did finish with the Spurs' second-worst +/- rating at -10 (trailing only Tony Parker). Manu is a sketchy fantasy option over the Spurs' final 12 games, unfortunately, as his limited bench role is compounded by the risk of DNP-CDs.
Mar 25 - 12:09 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan was quiet in 24 minutes vs. the Mavericks, notching six points with seven rebounds, two blocks, and no other stats to his credit.

The Spurs fell 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the No. 5 seed with tonight's road loss in Dallas, but Duncan deserves some slack after averaging 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.8 blocks in his previous six games. He's played in every single game since Dec. 20, amazingly, and fears of constant DNP-CDs have proved to be unfounded.
Mar 25 - 12:08 AM


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