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San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Blazers led by Kawhi Leonard

By Rob Wolkenbrod
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kawhi Leonard
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Kawhi Leonard
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The San Antonio Spurs unveiled the injury report for Sunday’s game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. At least three players will not suit up.

The San Antonio Spurs dealt with injuries for most of the 2017-18 season. This included Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard’s ailments, which placed them out for most of the year’s first half. That’s along with Kyle Anderson, Joffrey Lauvergne and Rudy Gay’s respective issues that put them out for an extended time.

However, the injury report began to rebuild, with Danny Green’s groin injury. It’s kept him out of a handful of games, over the past few weeks. That included Friday’s win vs. the Phoenix Suns.

As for Sunday’s game, the Spurs will face the Portland Trail Blazers on the road. Almost 24 hours beforehand, the team announced the official injury report. It featured four players, with Leonard (left shoulder strain), Parker (return from injury management) and Gay (right heel bursitis) all ruled “out.” Green, for the previously noted injury, was listed as doubtful.”

Danny Green (tightness, left groin) is doubtful for tomorrow’s Spurs-Blazers game.

Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder strain) and Tony Parker (return from injury management) are out. pic.twitter.com/ZWCsFtYLOk

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 7, 2018

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Leonard’s shoulder injury makes its debut on the injury report. He only missed games for his quad problem or “return from injury management.” There wasn’t anything clear in Friday’s game, which the “Klaw” played 29 minutes in, and scored 21 points. Let’s see if the coaching staff provides an update before the game.

As for Leonard’s replacement, look for Kyle Anderson to take his starting spot. This was the case when the former rehabbed the quad injury.

Parker will receive an extra day off, as the Spurs haven’t used him on anything less than two days of rest. Look for him to return on Monday, Jan. 8 vs. the Sacramento Kings. Dejounte Murray could get the start at point guard.

Gay already missed multiple games for the right heel injury. So, his time may be distributed to a handful of players, including Davis Bertans.

Bryn Forbes should see his latest start. This was the case for every game Green missed.

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The Spurs and Blazers will go head-to-head at 9:00 p.m. ET. NBA TV, FSSW and NSNW will air the game.

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