The San Antonio Spurs will be without just one player vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
Through the 2017-18 season, the San Antonio Spurs dealt with a handful of injuries. Everyone from Kawhi Leonard to Derrick White has suffered ailments and missed a handful of time. It impacted the team’s lineup and rotations, all while their record was kept afloat and landed in third place.
For Saturday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets, the Spurs returned three players: Leonard (left shoulder strain), Tony Parker (sprained right ankle) and Danny Green (tightness, left groin). All three players missed one or more games with ailments, with the “Klaw’s” as the most noteworthy, since he missed over two months with a quad injury.
However, Rudy Gay did not return, as he continues to deal with right heel bursitis. It’s kept him out since the end of December and will be the case on Monday night. He led the Spurs injury report, but was the only player listed.
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Hawks game. pic.twitter.com/EAZxKP8WVB
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 14, 2018
Without Gay, Davis Bertans should get extended playing time. He’s made the most of it, too, with big games against the Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings. Look for another 20-25 minutes from him, along with Kyle Anderson receiving about the same.
Otherwise, the lineup and rotation will be status quo for the Spurs. It’s an unusual case for the Spurs, but potentially something that can become the norm, given how more than half the season passed.
The Spurs and Hawks will go head-to-head at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV, FSSW and FSSE.