The San Antonio Spurs released the official injury report for Wednesday’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Who will miss this matchup?
The San Antonio Spurs stayed healthy for two games, a rare occurrence in the 2017-18 NBA season. However, that changed vs. the Atlanta Hawks. Manu Ginobili left this game with a thigh contusion, building an injury list that already included Rudy Gay.
On Wednesday, the once-again-injured Spurs will return to the court. They will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY to face the Brooklyn Nets.
About 24 hours beforehand, San Antonio released the official injury report for this matchup. Gay (right heel bursitis) and Ginobili (right thigh contusion) were listed as “out.” Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain) was a new addition to the list, as he will be “questionable” to play in this New York City borough.
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) are out for tomorrow night's Spurs-Nets game. Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain) is questionable. pic.twitter.com/aSR2ySBDnU
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 16, 2018
Gay still does not have a timetable to return, so it’s no surprise that he will not play in Brooklyn. Expect Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson to continue to receive extra bench minutes.
With Ginobili’s absence, look for Brandon Paul to scoop up extra minutes. He has been at the back of the rotation for most of the season, with Bryn Forbes ahead of him in the rotation. That may mean 10-15 minutes per game for the former Illinois guard.
As for Gasol, if he does not play, it could mean the Spurs play a small lineup, potentially with Anderson in playing a smaller four role. If not, look for Joffrey Lauvergne to start at center, with the Spurs using a traditional lineup. Davis Bertans can get an opportunity, too.
The injury report is subject to change, as seen by Kawhi Leonard’s last-minute absence for “return from injury management” vs. Atlanta. Will that happen again? Let’s see at 7:30 p.m. ET.