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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) will be available to play in Friday's game against the Suns.
Impact: Leonard missed San Antonio's final six preseason games, as well as Tuesday's season opener, due to an eye infection. The reigning NBA Finals MVP was cleared to re-join the Spurs in practice Tuesday and will make his season debut Friday versus the Suns. An extremely versatile small forward, Leonard should be a treat for fantasy owners this season.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) is expected to play Friday against the Suns, Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "He's in for Friday," coach Greg Popovich said.
Impact: Leonard was held out of Tuesday's opener against the Mavs as a precaution, but he appears on track to return for Friday's matchup. The forward will likely draw the start at small forward, and he's expected to handle a slightly larger role offensively this season. Leonard is one of the top across-the-board contributors in most fantasy formats.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday's opener against Dallas.
Impact: Duncan shot 5 of 10, adding two blocks and and a steal. It was a good start to what should be another very solid fantasy campaign.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Parker had 23 points as San Antonio beat Dallas 101-100 in Tuesday's season opener.
Impact: Parker shot 9 of 15, making all four 3-point attempts. He finished with three assists and three rebounds.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter (back/calf) won't play Friday, Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: This means the soonest we could see Splitter take the court would be Nov. 5, and that's probably a little too optimistic. Matt Bonner got the start Tuesday in his place, but played just 15 minutes, with Boris Diaw (33) and Aron Baynes (18) both seeing more frontcourt minutes off the bench.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Gregg Popovich said after Tuesday's game that Leonard was cleared to play, but the team opted to give him some extra time as a precaution, Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "I'm guessing he's probable for Friday (at Phoenix)," Popovich said.
Impact: This comes on the heels of Leonard speculating that he would not return until Nov. 5, so it's hard to get a firm read on when he'll make his season debut. Consider him day-to-day with a chance of returning Friday, and almost certainly by Wednesday of next week.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) expects to return for the third game of the season against the Hawks, Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reports.
Impact: This puts him in line to return next Wednesday, so owners should make sure he's not in lineups this week, but those should be the only two games he misses. Marco Belinelli will start at small forward Tuesday.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter, who has already been ruled out Tuesday with a calf strain, is now dealing with a back ailment, the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald reports.
Impact: Splitter isn't the only Spurs' starter who will miss Tuesday's season opener, as Kawhi Leonard (eye) is also out, but Leonard is definitely closer to returning to action. There's no official timetable for Splitter's return, but he could miss a week or more. Matt Bonner will start at center Tuesday, but Boris Diaw is also likely to figure prominently in the frontcourt.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Belinelli will get the start at small forward Tuesday, Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reports.
Impact: Kawhi Leonard (eye) will miss the season opener, although he is expected back soon. Belinelli will be a good source of three-point shooting Tuesday, but is unlikely to play true starter's minutes.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bonner will get the start at center Tuesday, Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reports.
Impact: Tiago Splitter is out with calf and back injuries, and does not have a timetable to return, although he isn't expected to miss significant time. Bonner likely won't play true starter's minutes Tuesday, and is a high-risk, low-reward play in daily leagues, despite his status as a starter.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Mills is out of Tuesday's opener.
Impact: Mills is recovering from right shoulder surgery.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.
Impact: The Spurs made the announcement on Thursday. Leonard missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against Dallas due to an infection in his right eye.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter (calf) won't take the court in Tuesday's season opener against the Mavericks, Project Spurs reports.
Impact: Splitter was confined to the trainer's room during the preseason, which was spurred by a strained right soleus muscle. The Spurs seem to be exercising their usual brand of precaution with the long haul in mind, but he'll be joined on the bench by Kawhi Leonard (eye) and Patty Mills (shoulder). Splitter's next chance to play arrives Friday in Phoenix, but owners shouldn't hold out hope that his season debut is imminent. His absence should allow Boris Diaw to start next to Tim Duncan in frontcourt.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) won't suit up for Tuesday's season opener against the Mavericks, Project Spurs reports.
Impact: Leonard's recovery from pink eye will extend into the regular season, with his next opportunity to return arriving Friday at Phoenix. In his stead, Marco Belinelli seems like the best bet to cover small forward. During the final five games of the preseason, he averaged 12.6 points (on 42 percent shooting), 2.6 assists, two rebounds, and 1.6 threes in 28 minutes, meaning the Italian holds some fantasy utility to begin the 2014-15 campaign.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) has not made progress with the Spurs in recent negotiations over a contract extension, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Leonard, a first round pick in 2011, has until midnight of Oct. 31 to reach a contract extension with the Spurs. Otherwise, the reigning NBA Finals MVP will become a restricted free agent in 2015. At 23 years old, Leonard is reportedly seeking a maximum-level contract, but it remains to be seen whether the Spurs will make that commitment prior to Friday's deadline. In any event, Leonard is expected to continue as San Antonio's starting small forward this season, after posting career-highs of 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game last term. In other Leonard-related news, he's not expected to be ready for the Spurs' season opener due to a lingering eye infection.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter (calf) seems unlikely to be ready to take the court for the season opener, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: The report stated that coach Gregg Popovich "seems resigned" to starting the season without Splitter, which would mean that the backup center will likely be out at least until the Oct. 31 game against the Suns.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) seems unlikely to be ready to take the court for the season opener, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: The report said coach Gregg Popovich "seems resigned" to starting the season without Leonard, which shouldn't come as a surprise, given how drawn out Leonard's bout with pink eye has been. It's not something that should keep him out for a significant period of time, but those in weekly leagues should probably get a solid backup plan in place for the first week of the season. Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli would be the most likely options to replace Leonard in the starting lineup, but predicting Spurs' lineup changes can be something of a fool's errand.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard met with an eye specialist Thursday and his pink eye has moderately improved, the San Antonio Express-News reports. However, he is set to miss Friday's final preseason game and will return to the specialist Monday to determine his status for the season opener against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Impact: Friday's absence will be the sixth consecutive preseason game that Leonard will have to sit out with pink eye. This particular type of ailment shouldn't cause problems for Leonard's long-term viability this season, although it's within the realm of possibility that he'll have to sit the home opener against the Mavericks.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) will be evaluated Thursday, the San Antonio Express reports.
Impact: Leonard's eye concern is viral in nature, leaving his status up in the air in advance of next Tuesday's season opener versus the Mavericks. When healthy, he's an across-the-board contributor that would benefit greatly from an increased workload. However, there's been no indication that an expansion of last year's 29 minutes per game will indeed occur.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter (calf) is unlikely to suit up for Wednesday's preseason game versus the Hawks, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Speaking of his starting center, coach Gregg Popovich said, "I don't know when he's going to be ready. Hopefully by the time the season starts [on Tuesday]."
Impact: If he fails to take the court Wednesday, Splitter will have one opportunity remaining to make his presence felt in an exhibition before tipping off the regular season against the Mavericks. At the moment, no time line exists for his return to action.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Duncan won't suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Kings, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Duncan is resting for the second time during exhibition season, but his three appearances have revealed that Father Time has yet to catch up to him. Overall, he's averaged 16 points (on 64.3 percent shooting), 7.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.7 minutes. As he enters his age-38 campaign, he continues to represent a steady option to fantasy frontcourts, with the condition that occasional absences are expected (he took 21 DNPs combined over the last two years).
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Splitter (calf) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Miami, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Splitter is still hobbled by a strained calf muscle, and at this point, it seems like something that could keep at less than 100 percent entering the regular season. The 29-year-old was to be re-evaluated earlier this week, but that evaluation did not yield a set timetable for his return, at least not one that was made public.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Parker will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Miami, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: It's merely a day of rest for Parker, who played a combined 93 minutes in the Spurs' first three preseason games, including 22 against Phoenix on Thursday.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonard (eye) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Miami and could miss the remainder of the exhibition slate, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: The infection has spread to Leonard's left eye, and while the issue is not believed to be anything serious, the Spurs plan to take all the necessary precautions with the 2014 Finals MVP. Leonard has played in just one game so far this preseason, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes in the opener against Alba Berlin back on Oct. 8.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ginobili is dealing with aches and pains in his Achilles and small toe, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: While Ginobili's aches and pains probably aren't enough to hold him out of competition, the fact that he's already struggling to stay on the court is concerning for the long haul of the season. He dealt with a stress fracture during the offseason which limited his ability to train, and he consequentially came into training camp out of shape. The 37-year-old will have to play catch up before the season starts while nursing injuries that won't seem to go away.