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San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Pistons led by three players

By Rob Wolkenbrod
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs defends against Tyus Jones #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs defends against Tyus Jones #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs announced the official injury report for Saturday night’s game. Who was part of it?

On Saturday, Dec. 30, the San Antonio Spurs will close 2017, with a game against the Detroit Pistons. It’s at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, and the second time these teams will play each other in the 2017-18 season.

Earlier this week, it appeared the Spurs were healthy. Everyone returned from their respective injuries, including Kyle Anderson’s MCL sprain and Kawhi Leonard’s quad injury. However, this changed when Rudy Gay injured his right heel vs. the New York Knicks. He will miss at least two weeks.

For the Pistons game, the Silver and Black confirmed the injury report. It’s headlined by Gay, due to his heel ailment.

Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) and Danny Green (left groin) are both “probable.” Leonard didn’t play vs. the Knicks, due to the team giving him an extra rest day. Green played in this game but hobbled off the court in the fourth quarter.

Danny Green (tightness, left groin) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are probable for tomorrow night’s Spurs-Pistons game. Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) is out. pic.twitter.com/FioXqppBV2

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 29, 2017

Without at least Gay, it leaves the Spurs’ bench shorthanded. That means an increased role for Kyle Anderson, along with Brandon Paul and other players that can handle the wing.

For Leonard, look for him to play, since it will be three days off by the time the Pistons game takes place. He should start, too, with the potential for increased minutes (he played 26 vs. the Brooklyn Nets).

Green’s late-game limp looked concerning, but not enough to put on a quality performance vs. the Knicks. He hit five of his eight 3-pointers, totaling 15 points. Could the Spurs choose to bench him, anyway, with two rest days before the next game?

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The Spurs and Pistons will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET on FSSW and FSDT. Will the injury report change before game time?

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