The San Antonio Spurs might be without at least two players vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.
On Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs will return home from the extended Rodeo Road Trip, and are set to face the New Orleans Pelicans. The completion of this game will put the Silver and Black at just 20 matchups to go before the 2018 NBA Playoffs start.
Injuries, as always, remain a concern for the Spurs. This has been the case throughout the 2017-18 season, with Danny Green, Dejounte Murray, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, Joffrey Lauvergne and Rudy Gay among the players that missed time. Gay returned from right heel bursitis after the NBA All-Star break.
For Wednesday’s game vs. New Orleans, the Spurs released the official injury report. It featured Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management), to no surprise, and Pau Gasol (bone bruise, left knee). Leonard will not play and Gasol is listed as “doubtful.”
Pau Gasol (bone bruise, left knee) is doubtful for tomorrow’s Spurs-Pelicans game. Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out. pic.twitter.com/S1G8DtUu8g
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 27, 2018
If Gasol gets officially ruled “out,” it will push someone else into the starting rotation, potentially Davis Bertans, who saw starting time before Gay’s return. Bertans barely played over the past two games, given the Spurs have two stretch-four players to utilize.
If not Bertans, look for Lauvergne to receive extra time. He can play next to LaMarcus Aldridge and act as an extra big body.
As for Leonard, Kyle Anderson will continue to play small forward and start. That’s potentially until the end of March.
The Spurs and Pelicans will go head-to-head at 8:30 p.m. ET on FSNO and FSSW.