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San Antonio Spurs: Projected starting lineup and rotation vs. Blazers

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: Bryn Forbes #11 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs talk against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: Bryn Forbes #11 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs talk against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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More often than not, the San Antonio Spurs played short-handed in the first half of the 2017-18 season. Sunday’s game will be the latest.

The story of the 2017-18 season, for the San Antonio Spurs, has surrounded injuries. Whether it’s Kawhi Leonard or Danny Green, the Spurs’ rotation always remained at least one man down. That will be the case on Sunday night, in the first of a three-game road trip vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

Leonard (left shoulder strain), Tony Parker (return from injury management) and Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) were all ruled “out,” while Green (groin) was listed as “doubtful.”

Of course, this means the Silver and Black will play short-handed. That was the case vs. Portland in December and will be, again, on Sunday. Here’s the projected look for this game:

Starters

Bench

Dejounte Murray continues to get starts when Parker misses a game, as head coach Gregg Popovich remains comfortable with Patty Mills off the bench. It will be the 21-year-old’s 13th start of the season.

The same goes for Bryn Forbes when Green sits out. He’ll make his 10th start of the season, as he looks to increase a 7.1 points per game average on 42.5 percent shooting.

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— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 6, 2018

As for Kyle Anderson, he’ll make his 28th start. Most of these happened before Leonard returned from his quad injury.

The bench will look similar. Although rookie Derrick White could see an extra minute or two. He played in the previous two games, something that had not happened since Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Despite playing a combined 11 minutes in these two games, can the Colorado product make it a three-peat?

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The Spurs and Blazers will hit the court at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV, FSSW and NSNW

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