The San Antonio Spurs will be without two key veterans for their trip to Miami on Wednesday as Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol have been ruled out.
The San Antonio Spurs are looking to rebound after a disappointing home loss against the Magic as they travel to Miami to take on the Heat.
However, the Spurs will have to rely on some of their younger role players to get the job done as Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol will be on the sidelines due to injury.
Gay will be missing his second straight game with a right heel injury.
According to Spurs reporter Michael C. Wright, Gregg Popovich “sort of made it sounds like this might be more of a veteran rest day” when Gay sat out against the Magic.
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But missing two games in a row means Gay is a little more banged up than we initially thought.
I still wouldn’t be too concerned with Gay missing a couple games early on in the season, but this injury is worth monitoring moving forward.
Davis Bertans could be in the starting lineup again on Wednesday night with Gay on the sidelines.
The Spurs have been limiting Pau’s playing time to 17.4 minutes per game this season as they try to keep the 38-year-old’s body fresh for the next six or seven months.
With Gasol out, we should see some more minutes for Jakob Poeltl against the Heat. Hopefully an increase in playing time will help the young center figure out San Antonio’s system and earn back some trust from Pop.
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The shorthanded Spurs are actually two-point underdogs in Miami due to these injuries. The role players will need to step up for Gasol and Gay to pick up San Antonio’s seventh win of the season.