The San Antonio Spurs will be without three players vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
On Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs will return home to face the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s the start of a five-game stand at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, with it as one of the final set of games before the All-Star Break.
A well-documented story of the 2017-18 season has been injuries. They plague the Spurs in almost every game, with at least two to four players listed on the reports.
As usual, this will be the case vs. the 76ers, as the Spurs announced their official injury report. Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management), Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) all will now play.
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Sixers game. pic.twitter.com/0Rb5h4nNpM
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 26, 2018
This will mark the sixth consecutive game Ginobili has not appeared in. He suffered the thigh contusion vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 15, with no update provided on his status.
Gay has not appeared since Dec. 28, when he suffered the heel injury. Originally given a two-week timetable before re-evaluation, the Spurs have not updated the status of their offseason signing.
As for Leonard, he has played in just nine games this season. With the Spurs’ cautious approach toward his toward to the court, it does not appear that he will return anytime soon.
These injuries will impact Friday’s lineup, but as these players continue to sit out, the current rotation will seem like the norm, including a starting lineup of Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol.
The Spurs and 76ers will go head-to-head at 8:30 p.m. ET.