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San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Pacers updates Manu Ginobili’s status

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 07: Manu Ginobli #20 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to pass the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center on January 7, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.OTE 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 Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - JANUARY 07: Manu Ginobli #20 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to pass the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center on January 7, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.OTE 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 Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs announced the official injury report for Sunday’s game vs. the Indiana Pacers. Who will sit this one out? Which player received an upgraded status?

The San Antonio Spurs started the weekend slow. It was a defensive-minded battle vs. the Toronto Raptors, resulting in an 86-83 loss on the road, where the Spurs have struggled for most of the 2017-18 season. This was without Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay and Manu Ginobili, too.

Most of this season has been marred by injuries. Whether it’s the previously mentioned players, Kyle Anderson’s knee injury from December or Tony Parker’s quad, head coach Gregg Popovich has rarely received the chance to use the full roster of players.

As for Sunday’s game vs. the Indiana Pacers, this won’t change. The Spurs will be without Gay (right heel bursitis) and Leonard (return from injury management), according to the team’s official report. Ginobili (right thigh contusion) was upgraded to “questionable.”

Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out for tomorrow night's Spurs-Pacers game. Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) is questionable. pic.twitter.com/CHAbhXx2UN

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 21, 2018

Due to Gay and Leonard’s respective injuries, expect the usual arrangement for the Spurs. It should be Kyle Anderson at small forward, while Davis Bertans receives extra time off the bench.

For Ginobili, the almost All-Star, if he returns, look for between 10-20 minutes off the bench. If not, Bryn Forbes should continue to see extra time. He played over 20 minutes in each game the Argentinian star has missed with the tight ailment.

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Will this injury report change? Let’s find out at 7:00 p.m. ET, when the Spurs return to the AT&T Center, to face the Pacers.

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