The San Antonio Spurs will be without one player, along with two listed as “questionable” for Thursday’s game vs. the Utah Jazz.
On Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs will play the second of a back-to-back vs. the Utah Jazz. It’s a short turnaround, as the Silver and Black just played a tight game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, winning 93-91. This brought them to 22-10 in the 2017-18 season.
Head coach Gregg Popovich sat Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker in Portland, due to “return from injury management.” Both returned from quad ailments, within the past month, and received cautious handling from the coaching staff. That included missing one half of a back-to-back, even before Wednesday evening’s game.
Kyle Anderson returned as well, which cleared a spot off the injury report. He wasn’t listed on the Jazz report, either, but three players headline it, according to the Spurs.
Danny Green, similar to Wednesday, was listed as “questionable,” due to a groin injury. He played, but missed the previous two games, with the same ailment.
A new name popped up, however. Pau Gasol, due to tightness in his right groin, was listed as “questionable.” That may mean he’s a game-time decision.
Then, there’s Manu Ginobili. To no surprise, he will sit out the second of a back-to-back to rest. Popovich has kept him out of at least one-half of most two-game sets this season.
Pau Gasol (tightness, right groin) and Danny Green (tightness, left groin) are questionable for tonight's Spurs-Jazz game. Manu Ginobili (rest) is out. pic.twitter.com/KXrTB106Q9
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2017
If Gasol misses Thursday’s nationally-televised game, it will be one day after his 20-10-5 performance vs. Portland. He and LaMarcus Aldridge led the way, with a limited lineup, and pushed the Spurs to the two-point victory.
As for Ginobili’s absence, it could mean more minutes for Brandon Paul. He remains behind Bryn Forbes in the rotation, so this will potentially be an opportunity for the Illinois product to shine.
The Spurs and Jazz will tip off at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.