The San Antonio Spurs may be banged up, again, as they take on the Denver Nuggets.
Recent lineups for the San Antonio Spurs saw Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anderson receive extra playing time. All of them replaced injured starters, which limited the team’s bench depth and placed pressure on LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol to carry the offensive load.
When Aldridge and Gasol were not in the lineup vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, the Silver and Black struggled to produce scoring runs. Two double-digit to zero outbursts from the Lakers showcased this, which made it one of the most one-sided losses for the Spurs in 2017-18.
A way to prevent this from happening? Get injured players back. The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tony Parker listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets. Rudy Gay was the only player listed as “out.”
Will the Spurs bring 75 percent of their injured list back? It could be a game-time decision, but for Saturday’s projected lineup, let’s look at this without Leonard. The cautious use of the “Klaw” in the 2017-18 season should back this up, with the coaching staff giving him at least one more game of rest, before a potential return on Monday, Jan. 15.
- Tony Parker
- Danny Green
- Kyle Anderson
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Pau Gasol
This lineup opened the season for the Spurs and produced fairly well. However, if Parker and Green do suit up, don’t expect them to play more than 25-30 minutes, in order to ease them into the rotation.
As for the bench, the following players could see time:
This leaves Joffrey Lauvergne, Brandon Paul and Derrick White as potential “DNP-Coach’s Decisions.” Despite the limited rotation vs. Los Angeles, Lauvergne did not suit up. He’s behind Bertans on the depth chart. Paul likely won’t see the court if Green’s healthy. White receives sporadic playing time, and could enter the game if there’s a large scoring deficit.
The Spurs and Nuggets will hit the court at 8:30 p.m. ET.