Without four players for Saturday night’s game, who can the San Antonio Spurs turn to?
Another day, another game the San Antonio Spurs will not have a full roster for. Instead of having Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay out, Dejounte Murray (sprained left ankle) and Tony Parker (back tightness) will not play vs. the Golden State Warriors. It leaves the rotation limited, especially at the point guard position, with Patty Mills as the only other player available to take on the duties, aside from Derrick White and the handful of games he’s appeared in.
Without these players, expect the rotation to have a different look and feature players being forced to take the plunge against Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and company. How will things look vs. Golden State? Let’s take a projected look:
This may be an opportunity for White to see extended time off the bench. He may even have an outside chance at starting if head coach Gregg Popovich wants to keep Mills on the bench. However, given the top of the point guard rotation will not have its top-two players, look for the rookie to see a backup role.
Hilliard may even find minutes if the Spurs call him up from Austin. He has seen action in 12 games this season.
Outside of Hilliard and White, look for Paul to potentially see an extra minute or two, along with roles for Forbes and Ginobili to be around the 20-25 minute range vs. the Warriors. The Spurs will need all the guard play they can get against one of the strongest backcourt duos in the NBA, so will these players step up?
The Spurs and Warriors will take the court at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.