Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan logged 43 minutes in the Spurs' second straight triple-overtime loss on Friday, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in the 129-119 thriller.

This was the first back-to-back triple overtime set of games for a team since the Baltimore Bullets did it in December of 1951. The Spurs have to get on a plane and go to Dallas for Saturday's game, and we'd be shocked if Duncan is allowed to play in that one. Then again, we were surprised when he played tonight so owners need to stay tuned.
Dec 20 - 2:13 AM

Cory Joseph scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists over 43 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

Joseph has played admirably enough in fill-in duty for Tony Parker (hamstring) and this line was certainly aided by the extra minutes. He's worth a deep league look whenever Parker is out.
Dec 20 - 2:10 AM

Danny Green scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting (including six threes) with 10 rebounds and one steal over 44 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

Green is returning top 15-25 value (9/8 cat) and while he's getting heavy run this week with the absences and overtime games, his production isn't the outlier that many believe it to be. The real difference in his value lies in the increase in trust and minutes that Gregg Popovich has been willing to give him this season, and it would be pretty surprising if he's not a top-40 play at the end of the year.
Dec 20 - 2:08 AM

Tiago Splitter scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench in Friday's triple-overtime loss.

Splitter hasn't broken down any doors but he has quietly played well in his return, but owners can still watch him from the wire in standard formats.
Dec 20 - 2:03 AM

Manu Ginobili logged 30 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss, scoring 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, five assists and six turnovers.

Ginobili should be considered questionable for Saturday's game in Dallas, but because there's nothing official we're leaving him off the injury report. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard out he should be in most lineups when active.
Dec 20 - 2:02 AM

Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them.
Dec 19 - 7:07 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw will start for Friday's game vs. Portland, sending Matt Bonner back to the bench.

Diaw's numbers with the starting unit are nearly identical to his numbers as a reserve, so this news has a greater impact on Bonner who becomes negligible when coming off the bench. Diaw can only be considered a low-end asset in deeper leagues.
Dec 19 - 6:45 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

"Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi.
Dec 19 - 6:39 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Coach Gregg Popovich said he will not rest his players on Friday against the Blazers.

Wow. This is shocking considering the Spurs played a triple-overtime game on Wednesday. We can probably assume there will be a handful of rested players on Saturday, though. Of course, Pop may change his mind, so Duncan isn't a 100 percent lead-pipe lock to play.
Dec 19 - 6:28 PM

Tony Parker (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Portland.

Parker remains without an official timetable to return, and Cory Joseph will continue to start as long as Parker is sidelined. Manu Ginobili will also be tasked with some extra ball-handling duties running the offense in the second unit.
Dec 18 - 3:51 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues.

Danny Green (foot) was spotted limping to the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss, but he's still expected to play Friday vs. Portland.

"I'm not considered one of the older guys here, so I have to play," said Green. After a very up-and-down season last year, he's hitting career-highs in all categories this season, and he's entered elite territory. Check back for an official update on his status closer to Friday's tip, but consider him probable.
Dec 18 - 3:15 PM

Manu Ginobili said he was disappointed with his last-second shot attempt in Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Grizzlies.

Speaking of his buzzer-beater shot attempt that hit nothing but the backboard, Ginobili said, "It was a bad shot. I'm disappointed in the decision I made." Manu's fantasy owners can't be disappointed with his Wednesday output of 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and four 3-pointers, but should expect an upcoming rest day for the 37-year-old on either Friday or Saturday.
Dec 18 - 10:52 AM

Danny Green (foot) was seen limping in the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Spurs.

Green took a hard foul towards the end of the first overtime, but the injury doesn't seem serious as he hasn't popped up on the injury report yet. We'll keep an eye on this one and Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Kyle Anderson would see an uptick in fantasy value if Green misses any time. Green scored a season-high 25 points in Wednesday's loss and is worth an add in standard fantasy leagues due to his recent strong play.

Manu Ginobili played 41 minutes against the Grizzlies during a 117-116 triple-overtime loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, eight assists and four 3-pointers.

He started at point guard in the second half and the Spurs probably wanted this one badly. Ginobili has been effective while he's out there this season, but all the DNPs and low minutes will be annoying. He's almost a lock to rest on either Friday or Saturday.
Dec 18 - 1:05 AM


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