San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Trail Blazers led by Kawhi Leonard
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs will have a limited lineup vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. Who won’t appear in this game?
After an off day, the San Antonio Spurs will return to the court to face the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s the 32nd game of the 2017-18 season and the first of a back-to-back for the Silver and Black, who will go to Portland, OR for this matchup.
On Tuesday night, this game’s injury report was announced by the Spurs. Danny Green, who missed the previous two games with a left groin injury, is probable. The same for Kyle Anderson, who sprained his left MCL in early December.
As for who’s out, due to return from injury management, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard won’t play. Both returned from quad ailments that kept them out for the first quarter of the season.
Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain) and Danny Green (tightness, left groin) are probable for tomorrow’s Spurs-Trail Blazers game. Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) and Tony Parker (return from injury management) are both out.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 19, 2017
It’s the first time Anderson’s status received an update since suffering the injury on Dec. 3 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Leonard out, look for the fourth-year pro to start. He did this through October and November, producing improved results from his previous seasons in the NBA.
As for the Klaw and Parker, this sequence won’t be new for Spurs fans. Since returning, both missed at least one half of a back-to-back. So, instead of them playing the first leg and missing the second, head coach Gregg Popovich gives them a two-day break, before returning on Thursday vs. the Utah Jazz, resting Friday and hitting the court on Saturday vs. the Sacramento Kings.
Either way, it looks like the injury report will clear out soon. With players “probable” or resting, it could be empty by Saturday’s game. That depends on if Green and Anderson play, of course, given their extended absences.
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Game time is at 10:00 p.m. ET on NSNW and FSSW.