The latest San Antonio Spurs injury report lists four players as “out” vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs will host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. It’s the first time these teams have faced each other in the 2017-18 season, while both recently dealt with struggles on the court. That includes Cleveland’s 148 points it gave up vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For the Spurs, it’s partially due to the abundance of injuries. Rarely has this team stayed healthy, including injuries to most of the starting lineup.
Well, things won’t change vs. the Cavaliers, as San Antonio unveiled its official injury report. This listed four as “out.”
Rudy Gay continues to miss time with right heel bursitis. He’s approaching one full month out, despite being given a two-week evaluation period at the end of December. The Spurs have remained mum on his status.
Kawhi Leonard’s “return from injury management” will keep him out, again. That’s amidst reported tensions between him and the organization over his rehab and usage in games.
Manu Ginobili returned vs. the Indiana Pacers. However, due to the same right thigh contusion, he will not play. That may also be attributed to Tuesday’s game acting as the start of a back-to-back.
Pau Gasol returned to the injury report after previously being listed as “questionable,” due to a right wrist sprain. It seems the ailment was enough to keep him out vs. LeBron James and company.
Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain), Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out for tomorrow night's Spurs-Cavaliers game. pic.twitter.com/b3yeoa3kMA
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 22, 2018
These four missing players will change the Spurs’ look. That includes a new player starting for Gasol, potentially Davis Bertans or Joffrey Lauvergne receiving significant minutes. Bryn Forbes may get some of Ginobili’s leftover time, too.
All of this will unfold when the Spurs face the Cavaliers at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.