Player News - Spurs

Date: Team: Pos:

David Lee will replace Dewayne Dedmon in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

Dedmon started on Monday to match up with Brooklyn starting center Brook Lopez. Dedmon played well, limiting Lopez to just 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while tallying 10 points and eight boards himself in the Spurs win. Dedmon will get bumped back to the bench on Tuesday, but should continue to around 20 minutes a night - he's averaging 19.2 minutes per contest over the Spurs last 10 games.
Jan 24 - 7:05 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, sending Dewayne Dedmon back to the bench.

The Spurs will be without Kawhi Leonard (hand), Tony Parker (foot) and Pau Gasol (hand) tonight, so it makes sense to bring Lee back into the starting five to help infuse some offense into the first unit. Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and LaMarcus Aldridge will join Lee in the starting five for tonight's game.

Updating a previous report, Kawhi Leonard (hand) has now been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

With Leonard, Pau Gasol (hand) and Tony Parker (foot) all set to spend Tuesday night on the sidelines, we should see LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee tasked with some increased responsibilities on offense. Kyle Anderson will be drawing another start tonight, and he'll look to build off Monday's 14-point outing, putting him on the radar in DFS. Leonard's hand injury seems relatively minor, so there's a chance he could be back in action Friday in New Orleans.

Kawhi Leonard (rest, hand) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

Things aren't quite official just yet, but Gregg Popovich described Leonard's absence from Monday's game as precautionary, and Leonard wasn't on the injury report at shootaround so he'll likely be back in action tonight. With Kawhi back, Kyle Anderson will return to the bench where he'll lose most his value.
Jan 24 - 5:56 PM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) will not play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

This is the first we've heard of a wrist issue for Simmons. The only info we have right now is that Simmons is dealing with "some sort of wrist ailment." Simmons is averaging 16.7 minutes per game in January. Those minutes will likely be soaked up by Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Danny Green.
Jan 24 - 5:55 PM

Manu Ginobili (back) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

Ginobili was rested on the front end of a back-to-back set on Monday, but he should both be back in action tonight without a minutes restriction. Tony Parker (foot) is out tonight, so Ginobili might be able to see his minutes in the mid-20s, although he's that's still not enough time to consider him an attractive option in most settings.
Jan 24 - 5:48 PM

Tony Parker (foot) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

This will be the fourth straight game Parker has missed since his left ankle/foot "locked up" prior to last Thursday's win over the Nuggets. Dejounte Murray has started each of Spurs the last three games. After playing well in the first two starts but came back down to earth on Monday, scoring four points (on 2-of-8 shooting) with six rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. Patty Mills came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points in 20 minutes on Monday. Mills and Murray will continue to split minutes with Parker sidelined.
Jan 24 - 1:01 PM

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Ginobili did not play on Monday, although Coach Pop admitted that was partly due to the Spurs wanting to rest their vet. With Tony Parker (foot) ruled out for Tuesday, Manu may see a few extra minutes off the bench.
Jan 24 - 12:24 PM

Joel Anthony made his debut for the Spurs on Monday vs. the Nets, finishing scoreless in five minutes with four rebounds.

He picked up some run in garbage time but Anthony likely won't be in the rotation on most nights. Leave him on the wire .
Jan 23 - 10:15 PM

Patty Mills scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and one turnover in Monday's 112-86 win over the Nets.

Mills finished 7-of-13 from the field and did all of his damage in just 20 minutes off the bench. Rookie PG Dejounte Murray cooled off tonight and Mills scored 13 points with five assists and two triples in 31 minutes on Saturday vs. Cleveland, so he will be a streaming option on Tuesday vs. the Raptors if Tony Parker (foot) misses his fourth straight game.
Jan 23 - 10:12 PM

Dejounte Murray struggled in his third straight start on Monday vs. the Nets, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

He only played 22 minutes because Patty Mills had the hot hand off the bench. Murray salvaged his quiet line with six rebounds and three assists, but his owners were left wanting more in a dream matchup. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Murray a "keeper" after averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 triples in his last two games, so look for the rookie to redeem himself on Tuesday vs. Toronto if Tony Parker (foot) misses another game.
Jan 23 - 10:09 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee returned to a bench role on Monday vs. the Nets but still had a productive night with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

Coming off two straight double-doubles, Lee came off the bench because the Spurs needed Dewayne Dedmon's rim protection against Brook Lopez. Lee added seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes, so he's still worth owning even if the Spurs continue to mix and match their lineups based on the opposing team's center. Lee should be a solid source of points, rebounds and shooting percentages for at least the next month with Pau Gasol (hand) out.
Jan 23 - 10:05 PM

Dewayne Dedmon started on Monday vs. the Nets and scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

Dedmon drew the start in place of David Lee and he helped limit Brook Lopez to 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. The Spurs only have one legitimate rim protector right now and that's Dedmon, so we could see him pick up more starts in certain matchups. The Spurs face Jonas Valanciunas on Tuesday and he will likely be a featured part of the offense with DeMar DeRozan (ankle) out, so starting Dedmon again would make sense. With Pau Gasol (hand) likely out 4-6 weeks, give Dedmon a look if you need help in FG percentage, rebounds, steals and blocks.
Jan 23 - 10:00 PM

Kyle Anderson started in place of the resting Kawhi Leonard on Monday vs. the Nets and played well with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

This was one of Anderson's best all-around games of the season. He played a team-high 35 minutes and looked comfortable running the offense, adding three assists, three rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one triple. We'd like to be more excited about this line, but this isn't the summer league and Anderson will return to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Raptors. His usage rate rises from 6.8 to 12.6 with Leonard off the court, so he will be a DFS punt option the next time Leonard gets a night off.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dewayne Dedmon will start in place of David Lee on Monday vs. the Nets.

It makes sense. The Spurs will need Dedmon's defense against Brook Lopez and this move should keep Lee somewhat fresh for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. Lee still looks like the better pickup in standard leagues after coming off two straight double-doubles, but Dedmon is worth keeping an eye on if you're searching the wire for blocks.
Jan 23 - 7:32 PM


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