Player News - Spurs

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Danny Green said that Kawhi Leonard has been more vocal on defense recently.

"The last couple of games I’ve definitely noticed a change in his tone, his pep, his step, everything," Green said of Leonard. "He’s more engaged, more locked in, definitely more active and involved defensively than I’ve ever seen him in the past." The Spurs are currently amid a three-game winning streak, and Leonard is a big reason why. He's averaging 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks during that span while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. Yeah, he's elite.
Mar 6 - 11:23 AM

Tony Parker said he's hoping to put his recent struggles behind him.

When asked to describe his past couple months, Parker said, "Sometimes you go through those times you don't know how to play basketball anymore." Parker has turned things around a bit in two of his last three games, but is still only averaging 10.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists over his past five games. Despite the recent struggles, Parker is worth holding onto in standard fantasy leagues on the chance that he's able to turn things around.
Mar 5 - 1:57 PM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he's pleased with Kawhi Leonard's development this season.

While Leonard's fantasy owners may not share Pop's sentiment, the Spurs head coach is happy with Leonard's development this year. "He has improved every year. He has had a strange year this year with all the injuries, but he is a sponge," said Popovich. "He learns, he is a hard worker and he is keeping his mindset. He is playing defense and rebounding for us, which we really need at that three position, and then scoring on top of it. We are really happy with what he is doing." Despite his injury-plagued season, Leonard is averaging career-highs in points and rebounds and is poised for a strong finish to the fantasy season.
Mar 5 - 1:44 PM

Tony Parker hit 8-of-14 shots for 19 points, one rebound, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win.

Parker has been in an awful slump lately, but finally broke out of it tonight. Some more rebounds and assists would have been nice, but we're not going to complain about this line from a guy who had scored six or fewer points in four of his previous five games.
Mar 5 - 2:01 AM

Kawhi Leonard hit 9-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and a block in Wednesday's win.

Tonight was the night the all-cat freaks came out, as Leonard, Draymond Green and Nicolas Batum all played well, which hasn't happened consistently this season.
Mar 5 - 1:57 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan had just five points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

He was in foul trouble and finished with five of them, but a 19-minute night is a lot more attractive than a DNP-CD, so hopefully tonight's limited run was enough to avoid a DNP any time soon.
Mar 5 - 1:55 AM

Tony Parker said he's frustrated with his recent play and is trying to find his old form.

The 33-year-old has struggled to find consistency this season and is only averaging 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over his last five games. "I have not been the same since I came back, and it's still bothering me," Parker said. "Everybody knows. I am not going to use that as an excuse. I am just going to work it out until it gets better." While Parker's recent stats aren't worthy of standard fantasy league ownership, he's a starting point guard in the NBA and is worth holding onto for his upside.
Mar 3 - 9:26 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan said that the Spurs "need to be confident," adding that it's been "shot for a while."

Duncan didn't leave much to guess about with his words. "We’re going to start building it back and winning some games. That’s the only way it’s going to come," Duncan added. Now with two straight wins after four straight losses, the Spurs will look to take advantage of a soft week that includes the Kings, Nuggets and Bulls.
Mar 2 - 9:41 AM

Danny Green is averaging just 8.7 points, 5.5 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals and 1.3 treys in 22.7 minutes during his six second-half games this season.

Besides the rebounds, all of those numbers are considerably down from his pre-break numbers. Green was one of the biggest fantasy steals in the first half, but he was one of the bigger roller-coaster rides of the 2013-14 season. Still, he is worth owning in all leagues and he should be fine. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, try to buy low.
Mar 1 - 10:30 AM

Kawhi Leonard dominated on offense during a 101-74 win over the Suns on Saturday with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

After a very rough start to the second half, Leonard is back. He was taking too many jumpers and he's gone back to being more aggressive. Kawhi had a nice line of 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal on Friday, so his fantasy owners can finally start to feel great about him. We're expecting a big finish thanks to a friendly schedule.
Feb 28 - 11:44 PM

Tony Parker scored six points with two assists on 3-of-13 from the field against the Suns on Saturday.

Since an impressive start to his second half in a loss to the Clippers, Parker has been awful. In his last five, he averaged 6.8 points, 4.0 dimes and 0.6 steals on 26.0 percent from the field. Luckily for Parker and the Spurs, they're off until Wednesday, so maybe that will help. He's still worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 11:40 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

All the Spurs are available to play against the Suns on Saturday.

It's a big game against the Suns and fantasy owners of the Spurs can start them like they normally would.
Feb 28 - 7:49 PM

Tony Parker scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line) with five rebounds and four assists in Friday's win.

Parker and Manu Ginobili (16 points, two threes, two boards, one block) played a little bit better than they have been, beating a Kings squad that didn't have DeMarcus Cousins but struggling to do so. Parker is worth a look if he has been dropped, but there's no guarantee he pays off big for owners in standard formats.
Feb 28 - 4:18 AM

A frustrated Gregg Popovich told the Spurs to "figure it out" after losing their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday.

After losing to the Jazz on Monday, Popovich gave his message to the team and left the locker room, but was forced to repeat the message after Wednesday's loss to Portland. "The players have to participate in their own recovery," Popovich said after the game. Pop's tactic may not work with other teams, but he'll have to hope the veteran presence of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker will help turn the team's fortunes around.
Feb 26 - 11:27 AM

Manu Ginobili played just 13 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for two points, one rebound and two assists on Wednesday.

He might have been jealous of Tony Parker getting all of Gregg Popovich's attention recently, so he decided to put up a line just as brutal as Parker's tonight (Parker had two points, four assists, four turnovers on 1-of-8 shooting). Ginobili hasn't scored more than eight points in three straight games and the Spurs have lost four in a row. If you feel like dropping the old man, we're not going to stop you. And maybe, just maybe, old age has finally caught up with San Antonio.
Feb 26 - 3:03 AM

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