On Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs won’t have Danny Green vs. the Phoenix Suns.
Against the Philadelphia 76ers, the San Antonio Spurs rested four players, not including the injured Rudy Gay. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat while Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anderson received extra playing time. Even Pau Gasol played sparingly.
On Friday, the Spurs should have most of these players back, as head coach Gregg Popovich tends to play it conservatively when it comes to those returning from injuries. Will that be the case vs. the Phoenix Suns?
Well, the Silver and Black released the official injury report. As of this writing, it contains Gay (right heel bursitis) and Danny Green (tightness, left groin). Both won’t play at home.
INJURY REPORT – Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Danny Green (tightness, left groin) are out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Suns game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 4, 2018
Gay’s inclusion is not a surprise. Somewhat for Green, though, who’s played on and off, for the past few weeks, due to this left groin injury. It seemingly flared up on the 30-year-old, who will take a seat for the sixth time in the past 13 games.
Without Green, look for Bryn Forbes to get the start at shooting guard. He took this role in each game the former missed, so it seems Popovich likes what he’s seen from the Michigan State product.
In Philadelphia, Forbes played a season-high 41 minutes. Prior to this, he saw more than 35 minutes in a game just twice. That may not be the case vs. Phoenix, however, with Ginobili not listed on the injury report. He’ll consume the extra time, potentially playing between 15-25 minutes.
The Spurs and Suns will go head-to-head at 8:30 p.m. ET.