San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Kings led by Kawhi Leonard
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs announced the official injury report for Monday’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings. Who will sit out?
On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs will go head-to-head with the Sacramento Kings. It’s the second of a back-to-back which first saw the Silver and Black in Portland, OR, to face the Portland Trail Blazers. After a close matchup, the Blazers came through, hit the final shot of the game and won, 111-110.
This game closed the first half of the season, for the Spurs, who did not have multiple players available. That included Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green. Rudy Gay was absent, too, as he dealt with an injury that kept him out since the end of December.
Would this remain the same for the Kings game? San Antonio announced its official injury report, which featured four players. Gay (right heel bursitis), Leonard (left shoulder strain), Green (tightness, left groin) and Manu Ginobili (rest) were all ruled “out.”
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Manu Ginobili (rest), Danny Green (tightness, left groin) and Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder strain) are out for tonight’s Spurs-Kings game. pic.twitter.com/3XNG6KXKR7
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 8, 2018
Gay’s absence does not come as a surprise. He was projected to miss at least two weeks, before a potential reevaluation. Until that happens, the 31-year-old won’t suit up for the Spurs. Davis Bertans, as a result, should continue to see minutes.
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Ginobili gets his usual day off during a back-to-back. So, this won’t mean anything, either.
For Green, his groin injury kept him out of a handful of games. He returned for a few in between, but bounced back to the bench. Bryn Forbes should see the start at shooting guard, much like every game the former Tar Heel has missed in the 2017-18 season. The second-year pro had 10 points in Sunday’s loss.
As for Leonard, his status remains the biggest concern of these four players. He only returned from a quad injury, that kept him out for over two months, in the middle of December. Head coach Gregg Popovich had only started to amplify his star player’s minutes, too. It is a set back for the “Klaw’s” season, as the team does not know when he will return.
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The Spurs and Kings will tip off at 10:00 p.m. ET on FSSW and NSCA.