As the San Antonio Spurs deal with four recent positive COVID-19 tests, they could be calling on the Austin Spurs for some help soon. After avoiding an outbreak for the first few months of the season, the Spurs have now had five games postponed due to the recent tests.
The identities of the positive cases likely won’t be released, but we may get an idea of who was exposed closer to Wednesday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder when the injury reports are released.
Until then, we can’t know for sure who may be missing from the lineup as the Spurs resume their unexpectedly abbreviated road trip. However, News4SA’s Jeff Garcia hinted on Saturday night that San Antonio will be making sure they’ll have enough bodies to resume their season on Wednesday in Oklahoma City regardless.
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The San Antonio Spurs may be calling in reinforcements
Per the league mandate, teams are required to dress at least eight players to be able to play. As San Antonio looks to avoid further postponements, they’ll likely be looking in the direction of their two G League superstars as reinforcements in the near future.
Luka Samanic has been nothing short of dominant in the G League bubble. In 32.4 minutes per game, he’s averaging 22.8 points and 11.8 rebounds on 46.2 percent shooting. He’s also been deadly down the stretch of games, frequently taking over in crunch time.
Meanwhile, Tre Jones has been everything the Spurs have hoped he would be in Austin. The 21-year-old is leading the league in assists per game with 9.7 while scoring 18.1 in his average of 31 minutes.
The move would be unfortunate for the Austin Spurs, who are looking to claim the number one spot in the G League on Sunday with a showdown against the undefeated Delaware Blue Coats, but the bigger picture is what’s most important here.
With Jones and Samanic building confidence in Florida, it will be interesting to see if that can translate to NBA minutes if needed soon.
*Update: The San Antonio Spurs have officially recalled Tre Jones and Luka Samanic from Austin.