San Antonio Spurs Player News: All Positions

News: Mills had six points (3-12 FG, 0-7 3Pt), six assists, three steals, and two rebounds in 25 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over Denver.
Impact: Mills missed all seven of his three-point attempts, ending the game with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting. He was far more aggressive on the offensive end but was unable to capitalize on the increased volume. He salvaged his line, however, recording six assists and three steals, both high marks for this year's playoffs.
News: Gay amassed 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 28 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Gay had his best game of the playoffs thus far, ending the victory 19 points on very efficient shooting. It was just the second time he has eclipsed 50 percent across the first six games, also nailing all three of his triple tries. The series is now headed for Game 7 in Denver on Saturday. Despite coming off the bench, Gay is typically a good measuring stick for the Spurs and they will be hoping he can repeat this performance once again.
News: DeRozan ended with 25 points (12-16 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, and seven assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over Denver.
Impact: DeRozan bounced back after a disappointing Game 5, helping lead the Spurs to a 17 point victory, sending the series back to Denver for a deciding Game 7. This was a tight game for the majority with the Spurs managing to pull away in the fourth quarter, buoyed by some hot shooting from DeRozan. Denver will almost certainly be the favorites on their home floor but the Spurs have already won once on the road and will be confident of doing it once more as they attempt to advance to face the Trail Blazers.
News: Aldridge finished with 26 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 38 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge was excellent for the Spurs, ending the game with a team-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. The Spurs were able to resist a persistent Nuggets team, forcing a Game 7 which will be in Denver on Saturday. Aldridge has been a consistent source of points and rebounds for the Spurs across the seven-game series and will need to at his best if they are to force the upset Saturday.
News: White had 12 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: White didn't post a terrible stat line, but he was outplayed by Denver's Jamal Murray for the second straight contest. Moreover, foul trouble convinced coach Gregg Popovich to take White off the floor early in the third quarter, after which the score was lopsided. White will look to help his team stay alive in Thursday's Game 6.
News: Poeltl compiled 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds, and four assists in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Poeltl once again drew the unenviable task of defending Nikola Jokic. While Poeltl struggled to contain Jokic once again, San Antonio's 23-year-old center produced playoff career highs in scoring and assists and continues to receive ample minutes.
News: Aldridge chipped in 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge has gone for a double-double in two of the last three games. However, he has also failed to score 20 points in two of the last three. It's likely that the 33-year-old big man will need to step up offensively in order for the Spurs to keep up with the Nuggets and extend the series during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Forbes finished with 10 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Forbes has reached double figures in scoring in three of four games thus far in this playoff series. He's primarily on the court because of his ability to space the floor from beyond the arc. Nevertheless, Forbes earns enough minutes to make sporadic contributions in other categories as well.
News: Mills supplied 12 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Mills was as energetic as usual despite dealing with a hyperextended left thumb, and he scored more points in this one than he had in the first three games of this series combined (nine). Mills is normally a reliable low-end source of threes and assists. With that being said, he continues to see limited minutes lately, as he's seen a noticeable drop in playing time (from 23.3 minutes per game in the regular season to 19.3 through four playoff games).
News: Poeltl pitched in eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Poeltl was one of two Spurs to earn at least 30 minutes, and he continues to spend the majority of contests covering Nikola Jokic. Poeltl has now seen 30-plus minutes in consecutive tilts, and he's been posting solid rebounding numbers here in these playoffs. Still, his production across most categories remains limited.
News: Aldridge collected 24 points (10-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 29 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge filled up the stat sheet despite not seeing the floor at all in the fourth quarter. Coach Gregg Popovich stated in his post-game press conference that Aldridge isn't injured. With the series tied at two games apiece, Aldridge seems likely to receive a heavy load of minutes in Tuesday's Game 5.
News: DeRozan was ejected during the fourth quarter of Game 4 after posting 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.
Impact: DeRozan was having a good game before the incident. He was called for a charge after attempting a spin move, and he subsequently launched the basketball at the official from across the court.
News: Gay totaled 11 points (2-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 24 minutes in the Spurs' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Gay finished with a double-double in 24 minutes off the bench, producing another serviceable line for the Spurs as they take a 2-1 playoff series lead over the Nuggets. He's averaged 10.0 points, 8.7 boards and 2.0 assists through three playoff games.
News: Aldridge totaled 18 points (8-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and a block across 34 minutes in the Spurs' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Aldridge finished Thursday's win with a double-double in points and rebounds, adding five helpers and a swat. Through three playoff games, he's averaging a healthy 19.0 points and 9.0 boards.
News: DeRozan totaled 25 points (9-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five assists, four rebounds and three steals across 38 minutes in the Spurs' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: DeRozan piled up 25 points in Thursday's win, hitting that scoring mark for the second straight playoff game. He's now averaged 24.7 points in three games in the first round of the playoffs, leading the Spurs in scoring along the way.
News: White totaled 36 points (15-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block across 33 minutes in the Spurs' win over the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: White exploded for a game-high 36 points in Thursday's win, knocking down an efficient 15-21 field goals and piling up solid counting numbers across the board. The second-year guard has been the linchpin of the Spurs' playoff success thus far, and he's averaged 23.0 points through three games en route to a 2-1 series lead over the Nuggets.
News: Mills revealed prior to Tuesday's Game 2 that he's playing through a hyperextended left thumb, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Mills has apparently been battling the issue since late in the regular season, but it hasn't landed him on the injury report, and he doesn't expect to be overly limited going forward. "It's OK," Mills said. "You really only feel it when you go to pass the ball, or if you catch it on someone or something." Through the first two games of the series, Mills has been relatively quiet, putting up four points (2-3 FG) and three assists in Game 1 and following up with five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3PT) and five assists in Game 2.
News: White finished with 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: White has played well across the first two playoff games, but he did finish with three turnovers versus zero assists in this one. As the team's top perimeter defender, White is likely to continue spending a lot of time and energy shadowing Denver's Jamal Murray. Furthermore, White has also been shooting the lights out, racking up 33 points on 14-of-21 from the field through these first two tilts.
News: DeRozan dialed up 31 points (11-19 FG, 9-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: DeRozan put on a stellar scoring display while filling up the stat sheet. With the Spurs a bit short on offensive firepower, the 29-year-old wing should be expected to continue shouldering a sizable load offensively as the series shifts to San Antonio.
News: Aldridge posted 24 points (8-20 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-10 FT), eight rebounds, and three assists in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Aldridge was actually much more effective and efficient in this one than he was in Saturday's Game 1 victory (15 points on six-of-19 from the field). With the series shifting to San Antonio for the next two tilts, Aldridge will try to get it together offensively in hopes that he can help his team maintain their stolen home-court advantage.
News: Murray (knee) has progressed to participating in contact work, Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone reports.
Impact: In a video, Murray can be seen taking contact on a post up before spinning and dunking. This is great news for the promising young guard, as it appears he'll be healthy for the offseason. The emergence of Derrick White complicates things for Murray's future role, but Murray still figures to hold a significant role in the Spurs' rotation come 2019-20.
News: Poeltl had just six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 victory over Denver.
Impact: Poeltl played 21 minutes as a starter but managed just six points and six rebounds. The numbers were far from impressive, however, he certainly impacted the game, limiting Nikola Jokic to just 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He should continue to start for the duration of the series but is unlikely to put up any sort of dominant production.
News: White totaled 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: White turned things around Saturday after what has certainly been a lean run of games leading into the playoffs. His finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting including a highlight throw-down over Paul Millsap. The Spurs stole home court advantage away from the Nuggets and will look to nail home the advantage Tuesday in game two.
News: DeRozan finished with 18 points (6-17 FG, 6-8 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 39 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: DeRozan led the Spurs with 18 points, adding 12 rebounds in an impactful performance Saturday. The Spurs were able to edge out the Nuggets to take a 1-0 lead in their playoff series. It was far from an impressive performance but the Spurs are certainly in a good position heading into game two. DeRozan will need to play big minutes again Tuesday if the Spurs hope to grab both road games.
News: Cunningham (illness) has been removed from the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against Denver.
Impact: Cunningham missed the Spurs' final regular-season contest due to illness, but he'll be available if needed Saturday. Even when healthy, Cunningham has struggled to see consistent playing time with San Antonio this year.
News: Gay registered seven points (2-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Gay closed the 2018-19 season with an off night offensively, but he still recorded career-high field goal and three-point shooting percentages this season. Whether he starts or comes off the bench in the playoffs, Gay remains capable of filling up a stat sheet and he's been playing the most efficient basketball of his career.
News: DeRozan pitched in 19 points (7-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: DeRozan provided another well-rounded stat line in the regular season finale. He finishes 2018-19 with career-high averages in rebounding, assists, and blocks and figures to continue sharing the offensive spotlight with LaMarcus Aldridge in the playoffs.
News: White provided 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: White was superb, missing only two shot attempts while taking care of possession (zero turnovers). He's easily the best backcourt defender on the team, which combined with his steady playmaking and capable perimeter shooting figures to keep him very involved during the playoffs.
News: Aldridge accumulated 34 points (15-21 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 16 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Aldridge was extremely efficient offensively while hauling in boards galore. His 32 double-doubles this season is his best total in that category since his final year with the Trail Blazers (2014-15). With the playoffs set to begin this weekend, Aldridge apparently used the regular season finale as a tune-up, as he's likely to be heavily relied upon in the postseason.
News: Belinelli had two points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Belinelli struggled from the field, this after going scoreless in each of his last two appearances. With the playoffs on the horizon, Belinelli will need to get it together soon or else he could continue to receive limited minutes (earned less than 20 minutes in each of the last three games).
News: Cunningham (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Mavericks, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Cunningham does not play a crucial role in the Spurs' rotation, so his absence should not have much of an impact Wednesday night against Dallas.
News: Cunningham is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Pistons due to upper respiratory congestion.
Impact: Cunningham's presence isn't crucial for the Spurs, so it's possible we see him rest before the postseason. He hasn't scored a point since March 24.
News: Bertans finished with 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: Bertans reached double-digit points for the third-straight game and appears to be in good form as the regular season winds down. The Latvian forward isn't a good bet to lead the Spurs in scoring on any given night, but usually provides a decent amount of points off of his strong three-point production from his usual bench role. In 74 games this year, Bertans' averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 threes in 21.5 minutes.
News: Aldridge amassed 18 points (6-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes Sunday against Cleveland.
Impact: Aldridge continued his steady production, topping double-digits for the 75th time this year. The veteran forward's remained a consistent contributor in his 13th year in the league. He's missed just one game, and is contributing 21.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a career-high 1.3 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game this season.
News: Belinelli (hip) is available to play in Sunday's contest against the Cavaliers, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Belinelli missed Friday's game against Washington due to experiencing soreness in his left hip prior to tip-off but appears to be all ready to return to the court Sunday. Belinelli is currently averaging 10.7 points and 2.5 rebounds this season with two games left to play in the regular season.
News: Belinelli (hip) is questionable Sunday against the Cavaliers, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Left hip soreness prevented Belinelli from playing during Friday's win over the Wizards. If he's out again Sunday, he'll have just one more chance to take the court during the regular season.
News: Mills compiled 17 points (5-11 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, three assists and a steal over 20 minutes Friday against the Wizards.
Impact: Mills drilled four treys on the way to a 129-112 win for the Spurs. He's served as one of San Antonio's top reserves this season and is averaging 9.8 points along with 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 79 matchups. Mills will take the court next against the Cavs on Sunday.
News: Gay totaled 18 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a steal over 27 minutes Friday against Washington.
Impact: Gay missed just two shots in Friday's victory and contributed on the boards and as a facilitator. The 32-year-old forward has started two of the last four contests but appears destined to come off the bench during San Antonio's playoff run. He'll get a few more chances for a tune-up before the regular season comes to a close.
News: Forbes recorded 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), a rebound and four assists over 32 minutes Friday night against Washington.
Impact: Forbes scored 12 of his 17 points from beyond the arc in a 129-112 victory for the Spurs. The Michigan State product has finished with 15 or more points in four of his previous five matchups heading into Sunday's clash with Cleveland, where he figures to face a favorable matchup.
News: DeRozan tallied 16 points (8-14 FG), five rebounds and four assists over 28 minutes Friday against Washington.
Impact: DeRozan was efficient from the field and offered up contributions in nearly every other category. The 29-year-old will likely use the final two contests of the regular season as tune-up games for the postseason.
News: Aldridge tallied 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a block over 28 minutes Friday against Washington.
Impact: Aldridge shot an impressive 58.8 percent from the field and secured seven boards in a 129-112 victory. The veteran center's production hasn't slowed down the stretch of the regular season and is averaging 20.3 points along with 9.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 blocks over his previous 10 matchups.
News: Belinelli (hip) will not play in Friday's game against the Wizards, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Belinelli popped up on the injury report Thursday with left hip soreness, and the Spurs will give the veteran shooting guard the night off as a result. Belinelli's absence likely won't have too large of an impact on the team's rotation, but could mean more minutes for Bryn Forbes at shooting guard and even more usage off the bench for Patty Mills.
News: Belinelli is questionable for Friday's game against the Wizards due to left hip soreness, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Belinelli played just 15 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets, and it appears he's still dealing with some soreness. If he does miss Friday's game, it would mark just his third absence of the year.
News: White posted five points (2-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes in the Spurs' 113-85 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: With the Spurs down big by halftime, White and the rest of his first-unit mates saw limited opportunity. The second-year guard's modest point total Wednesday wasn't strictly tied in to abbreviated playing time, however, as White has seen a notable drop in production recently. The 24-year-old has scored in single digits in six of the last eight games overall while shooting 30.0 percent or worse in those contests, including an 0-for-10 tally against the Hornets on March 26.
News: Bertans tallied 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists and three steals across 27 minutes in the Spurs' 113-85 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Bertans saw some extra run in the blowout defeat, parlaying it into his first double-digit scoring effort since March 10. The floor-spacing 26-year-old had seen 20 minutes or less in the previous five games, so Wednesday's spike in opportunity was a departure from recent norm. Given this typically modest playing time. Bertans' production remains hard to trust on a game-to-game basis.
News: DeRozan supplied 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 FT), three assists, one rebound, two blocks and one steal across 24 minutes in the Spurs' 113-85 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Like the rest of the first unit, DeRozan's minutes were limited in the lopsided loss. The star wing managed an efficient line with respect to per-minute production, and he's opened April by shooting 61.1 percent (11-for-18) over his first two games. Despite the limited opportunity Wednesday, DeRozan is expected to continue seeing a normal allotment of playing time over the last four regular-season games if coach Gregg Popovich's pledge to keep his team as sharp as possible for the postseason holds true.
News: Walker furnished 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and two rebounds across 16 minutes in the Spurs' 113-85 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Walker shuttled between the G-League and the Spurs during March, although he's now seen the floor in each of the first two games of April. The rookie had only logged five minutes Tuesday, however, and Wednesday's modest spike in playing time seems to have been primarily due to the lopsided deficit San Antonio faced. As such, Walker's minutes still figure to continue to be very limited for the remaining four games of the regular season.
News: Aldridge posted 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist and three blocks across 24 minutes in the Spurs' 113-85 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Impact: Aldridge co-led the Spurs in scoring on a night where the entire first unit saw significantly abbreviated minutes due to the blowout loss. The veteran big has opened April with back-to-back 16-point efforts, and despite the Spurs already having locked up a playoff spot, he should continue seeing a normal allotment of minutes over the last four games outside of blowout scenarios such as Wednesday's.
News: Gay will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against Denver, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Gay will return to a bench role after two-straight starts. In 14 reserve appearances this year, Gay's averaging 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.3 minutes.
News: Poeltl will start Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Poeltl will grab the start at center with LaMarcus Aldridge shifting down to power forward and Rudy Gay heading to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets. In 20 previous starts this year, Poeltl's averaging 5.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 21.3 minutes.
News: Motiejunas is available to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Nuggets, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: With Motiejunas having resolved the visa issues that prevented him from reporting to San Antonio, he was finally able to put pen to paper on the contract he agreed to more than a week ago, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The big man should be ticketed for a depth role behind Jakob Poeltl and LaMarcus Aldridge at center and isn't a lock to be included in the Spurs' regular rotation. Motiejunas, who had been playing in China for the past two seasons, last appeared in the NBA in 2016-17. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game in 34 outings with the Pelicans.
News: Mills registered 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-8 3Pt), a rebound, two assists, a steal and a block over 21 minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.
Impact: Mills did the majority of his damage from beyond the arc, where he drilled 50 percent of his attempts. His scoring production has been sporadic over the last five games, although he has finished in double figures three times during that stretch, despite failing to log more than 23 minutes in any single contest. Mills should continue to serve as one of San Antonio's top reserves through the final four games of the regular season.
News: Aldridge recorded 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds and three blocks over 38 minutes Tuesday against the Hawks.
Impact: Aldrige had a slightly down game in the scoring department, but he did come away with another double-double, his fourth over the last five matchups. With four games remaining in the regular season and the Spurs still trying to improve their playoff positioning, look for Aldridge to continue to post well-rounded lines.
News: Forbes totaled 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt), two rebounds and three assists over 29 minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.
Impact: Forbes drilled five treys on the night, accounting for 15 of his 19 points. Unsurprisingly, the Spurs came away with a 117-111 victory at home, where they're 31-9 on the season. Forbes has registered 15 or more points in each of his previous four games, and he'll aim to extend that streak Wednesday in Denver.
News: White compiled 23 points (10-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 31 minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.
Impact: White was nearly perfect from the field and posted a solid all-around line in a win for the Spurs. After being held to just six or fewer points in each of his previous four matchups, it was promising to see the 24-year-old come through. He'll aim to maintain this high level of play down the stretch of the regular season, although he may find difficulty in doing so against a stellar Denver defense on Wednesday.
News: DeRozan scored 29 points (7-11 FG, 15-16 FT) and collected seven rebounds along with seven assists and two steals over 36 minutes Tuesday against the Hawks.
Impact: DeRozan attempted a team-high 16 shots from the charity stripe and drilled all but one in a 117-111 victory for the Spurs. The 29-year-old has remained hot down the home stretch of the regular season and has scored 25 or more points in three of his previous five matchups. He'll face a much tougher matchup Wednesday in Denver.
News: Motiejunas has yet to make his Spurs debut while he continues to work to secure a visa allowing him to travel to the United States, Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas reports.
Impact: Motiejunas came to terms with the Spurs on a contract more than a week ago and was expected to offer depth in the frontcourt after the team cut Pau Gasol. The visa issues have delayed his arrival and could prevent Motiejunas from entering the San Antonio rotation before the regular season comes to a close, though the Spurs remain optimistic the big man's situation will ultimately be resolved before long.
News: Aldridge collected 27 points (12-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Aldridge was dominant, contributing in every category while producing a monster double-double. He has logged three double-doubles in the last four games and 29 through 76 appearances this season, this compared to 27 through 75 games in 2017-18. With the Spurs still trying to rise in the standings in order to land a preferred playoff matchup, Aldridge is likely to remain aggressive across the last five regular season games.
News: Gay provided 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt), nine rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Gay rejoined the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the last couple weeks. The 32-year-old veteran continues to provide consistent production in terms of scoring and rebounding, and that's unlikely to change going forward with the team still trying to climb the ranks in the Western Conference playoff race.
News: Gay will join the starting rotation for Sunday's game against the Kings, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
Impact: It was announced that Jakob Poeltl would make the start Sunday but it appears that Gregg Popovich and the coaching staff made a last second tweak. Over the past eight contests, Gay has averaged 12.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in just under 26 minutes per contest.
News: Poeltl will come off the bench Sunday against Sacramento, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
Impact: Poeltl was initially listed in the starting lineup, but the Spurs made a last-second change. Rudy Gay will start at power forward, allowing LaMarcus Aldridge to move to center. There's been no news of an injury to Poeltl, so he should see a solid chunk of minutes off the bench.
News: Gay supplied 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and one assist across 27 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Impact: Gay posted a second straight double-digit scoring effort and remained steady on the boards, posting his fifth consecutive game with at least eight rebounds. The veteran has enjoyed another solid month, as he's also scored in double digits in nine of 11 contests on his way to averages of 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 26.6 minutes over 11 games. While he continues to often shuttle between the starting five and the bench, Gay remains a viable asset across all formats during the fantasy postseason.
News: Aldridge managed 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 36 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Impact: Aldridge played the third wheel on offense behind DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes, but he still turned in a serviceable line overall. The All-Star forward was coming off a pair of ultra-productive games where he'd averaged 34.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists against the Celtics and Hornets, respectively. While Thursday's line represented a downturn from those numbers, Aldridge continues to serve as an above-average asset as the fantasy postseason unfolds.
News: Belinelli netted 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Impact: Belinelli's point tally led the Spurs' second unit for the night, and it represented his fourth double-digit scoring effort of the last five games overall. The 33-year-old bounced back from a two-game shooting slump, as he'd drained just eight of 23 attempts over the previous pair of contests. Belinelli continues to serve as a valued source of offense off the bench but rarely offers much outside of scoring, with Tuesday's 10 rebounds against the Hornets serving as a clear exception.
News: Forbes finished with 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, four assists and three steals across 35 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Impact: Forbes followed up his impressive 50.0 percent shooting night against the Hornets on Tuesday with an even sharper performance Thursday. The 25-year-old's 61.5 percent success rate from the floor led to his third double-digit scoring effort of the past four games, a trio of contests in which he's averaged 18.3 points. While his offensive contributions have been maddeningly inconsistent this season, Forbes has now encouragingly taken nine or more shot attempts in four of the last five contests, a level of usage that at least gives him a chance to turn in elevated scoring totals.
News: DeRozan generated 25 points (10-12 FG, 5-5 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Impact: DeRozan led the Spurs in scoring on the night with his best shooting effort since he generated the same 83.3 percent success rate way back on Oct. 31. DeRozan has stepped up his offense in the last two games, averaging 27.5 points on 62.9 percent shooting. He's enjoyed an efficient shooting month overall, as he'd entered Thursday's game with a 50.0 percent tally from the floor on an average of 16.8 attempts per contest.
News: Gay finished with 16 points (6-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists and one steal across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime loss to the Hornets.
Impact: Gay has been in and out of the starting lineup all year, but it hasn't wavered his production to this point, as his season averages of 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest seem to be right on line with his current production.
News: Belinelli totaled 17 points (6-16 FG, 5-11 3Pt), 10 rebounds and one assist across 33 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime loss to the Hornets.
Impact: Belinelli's first double-double of the season was in an overtime defeat, but nonetheless, Belinelli proved his ability to still grab rebounds. His five threes is something fans are accustomed to seeing from him, but when he can rebound like he did Tuesday night, he will find himself with more 30-minute outings.
News: DeRozan posted 30 points (12-24 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight rebounds and four assists across 40 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime loss to the Hornets.
Impact: DeRozan finally came alive shooting the ball Tuesday night, notching his first 30-point game in his last seven contests. Despite the loss, DeRozan turned in a very encouraging performance with his rebounding and shot selection.
News: Aldridge produced 20 points (8-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 43 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime loss to the Hornets.
Impact: Aldridge followed up on his 48-point outing with a respectable double-double Tuesday night, as he was heavily utilized in the post yet again for the Spurs. The shot volume has been there, although his fluctuations with shooting efficiency and rebounding keep him just slightly behind other statistical monsters that also play in the paint.
News: Poeltl totaled six points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in 25 minutes during Sunday's 115-96 victory over Boston.
Impact: Poeltl finished with 10 boards and two blocks in 25 minutes Sunday, his highest amount of playing time in his last three games. Poeltl has the ability to make a difference in the blocks category but is more of a situational player in both fantasy and reality. The minutes are hard to predict and so he is a risky streaming option across most competitive formats.
News: DeRozan ended with 16 points (8-18 FG), 11 assists, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Sunday's 115-96 victory over Boston.
Impact: DeRozan took a backseat the to LaMarcus Aldridge show Sunday, ending with 16 points to go with 11 assists. The playing time was still there despite the game being a blowout, as both he and Aldrige surpassed 35 minutes. DeRozan has been a great fit for the Spurs this season and they are certainly exceeding the expectations of many. They are certainly a good chance of squeezing into the top four but will need to continue winning games to do so.
News: Aldridge finished with 48 points (20-31 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 13 rebounds, and six assists in 37 minutes during Sunday's 115-96 victory over the Celtics.
Impact: Aldridge dominated from the outset Sunday, laying waste to the Celtics with 48 points on 20-of-31 shooting. He took full advantage of the fact Al Horford (knee) was sidelined, basically scoring at will in the comfortable victory. It was another big win for the Spurs as they make an unlikely charge towards a top-four seed. Aldridge has been fantastic all season and all signs would point to him playing the majority of games down the stretch.
News: Motiejunas is finalizing a contract with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Motiejunas has spent time with the Rockets and, more recently, the Pelicans, but he's been playing overseas in China for the better part of the last two years. With the CBA season concluded, he'll return stateside to provide some added frontcourt depth down the stretch for a Spurs team that bought out Pau Gasol.
News: Forbes finished with 20 points (8-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes in the Spurs' loss to the Rockets on Friday.
Impact: Forbes had his highest point total since Jan. 3 on an extremely efficient shooting night in which he hit all of his threes and his lone free-throw. Forbes isn't a high-scorer, but he can usually do enough with rebounds and assists to make him a serviceable option in deeper leagues.
News: White finished with 18 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals across 32 minutes in the Spurs' loss to the Rockets on Friday.
Impact: White did a little bit of everything in Friday's loss, stuffing the stat sheet and scoring his most points in five games. Over his last four games, White has averaged 7.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that White's great game is a sign of things to come.
News: DeRozan totaled 16 points (7-19 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists and a steal across 33 minutes in the Spurs' loss to the Rockets on Friday.
Impact: DeRozan turned in another solid effort across the stat sheet, failing to hit 20 points but producing solid assist and rebound totals. Stat lines like this one are typical for DeRozan who has shown that he's more than just a scorer in his first year with the Spurs.
News: Aldridge finished with 10 points (5-13 FG), five blocks, four assists and four rebounds across 33 minutes in the Spurs' loss to the Rockets on Friday.
Impact: Aldridge produced some unusually low point and rebound totals in Friday's loss, though he made up for the dip in production by swatting five shots and handing out five assists. Averaging 21.1 points and 9.0 rebounds this season, he'll try to get back on track in Sunday's game at Boston.
News: Poeltl will come off the bench Friday against the Rockets, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Gregg Popovich is opting to start Rudy Gay over Poeltl. In 50 appearances off the bench this season, the center is averaging 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 14.5 minutes.
News: Gay will start Friday against the Rockets, Jabari Young of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gay will get the nod over Jakob Poeltl. In 48 prior starts this season, Gay is averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.4 minutes.
News: White totaled just three points (1-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 loss to the Heat.
Impact: White was brutal Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-8 from the field, ending with three points in 19 minutes. His production has been all over the place of late, coming at quite possibly the worst time for those in their fantasy playoffs. He remains a player that should be rostered in 12-team leagues but some owners may choose to move on if they need to stream his spot to boost their overall chances of victory.
News: DeRozan ended with 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 15 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 loss to Miami.
Impact: DeRozan was a monster on the boards Wednesday, hauling in a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 16 points. Ultimately it wasn't enough as the Spurs lost their first game of the month, going down by five points. DeRozan has had a great season for his new team although the lack of perimeter scoring certainly impacts his overall fantasy value. After attempting multiple three-pointers in eight of his first 14 games, he has done so just three times since then.
News: Mills finished with 17 points (6-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt), six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Mills turned in a nice performance Wednesday, hitting five triples en route to 17 points in 29 minutes. He also added six assists in what is about as good a performance as you typically get from the sharp-shooting Aussie. The loss broke a winning streak of nine games for the Spurs and things will not get any easier when they travel to Houston to face the Rockets on Friday. Mills should be viewed as a potential three-point streamer moving forward, with a little upside in assists.
News: Gay produced 17 points (7-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 27 minutes during Monday's 111-105 win over the Warriors.
Impact: Gay contributed in every category except blocks. The 32-year-old forward continues to fill in wherever he is called upon, with the recent reserve role resulting in more offensive responsibility when he's on the court with the second unit.
News: DeRozan racked up 26 points (9-17 FG, 8-9 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's 111-105 win over the Warriors.
Impact: DeRozan was dominant, delivering a highly efficient scoring effort while filling up the stat sheet across multiple categories. As per usual, he lived at the charity stripe and shunned the three-point line. With the Spurs steadily rising in the standings, DeRozan is likely to be relied on plenty down the stretch as his team tries to secure home-court advantage in round one of the playoffs.
News: Aldridge amassed 23 points (8-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday's 111-105 win over the Warriors.
Impact: Aldridge was extremely efficient, draining nearly every shot he took while cleaning up on the glass and contributing in every statistical category. Moreover, he's up to 26 double-doubles this season (one less than last year) with 11 tilts still remaining.
News: DeRozan ended with 21 points (6-14 FG, 9-10 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and one block in 34 minutes during Saturday's 108-103 victory over Portland.
Impact: DeRozan dropped a team-high 21 points Saturday, in a game which saw seven Spurs players score in double-digits. It was a team effort for the Spurs who continue to play well at the right end of the season. DeRozan is one of the more unflashy fantasy studs and should be able to maintain his current value moving forward, especially as the Spurs fight to avoid the eighth seed in the West.
News: Mills totaled 12 points (3-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, one rebound, and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 108-103 victory over Portland.
Impact: Mills ended Saturday's win with 12 points in 25 minutes. He had been making some noise in standard formats but has cooled off over the past few weeks. The Spurs typically get a range of production from their bench and rostering any one certain player is very hard. He can provide streaming value in three-pointers and assists but is too unreliable to count on as a regular 12-team asset.
News: Poeltl finished with eight points (4-7 FG), six rebounds, five blocks, and one assist in 25 minutes during Saturday's 108-103 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Poeltl had five blocks for the second straight game Saturday, helping the Spurs to an impressive victory over Portland. Much like last season, Poeltl has turned things around from a fantasy perspective and is certainly on the radar to be rostered in many formats moving forward. He typically doesn't score a lot of points but is extremely efficient from the field and can add rebounds and blocks at a high rate.
News: White totaled just three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, and one block in 21 minutes during Friday's 109-83 victory over New York.
Impact: White provided very little assistance for his fantasy owners Friday, ending the game with just three points in 21 minutes. The playing time was very low due to the game being a blowout and he never really got going on either end of the floor. Despite this effort, White remains a must-roster player in all formats and should be much better Saturday, when the Spurs host the Trail Blazers.
News: Poeltl had 12 points (6-7 FG), nine rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and two steals in 27 minutes during Friday's 109-83 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Poeltl was excellent Friday, coming within one rebound of a double-double while adding a season-high five blocked shots. This was almost certainly Poeltl's best game of the season and demonstrates his fantasy potential. Granted this performance came against the lowly Knicks and was the first time he has scored in double-digits in his last five games. He is more of a blocks and rebounds streamer in 12-team formats, but could start to trend up if the playing time continues.
News: Gay finished with 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 19 minutes during Friday's 109-83 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Gay made his return to action Friday, after missing two games due to illness. He played just 19 minutes in the victory but that was likely due to the game being a blowout. Gay has been incredibly consistent this season, whether starting or coming off the bench. The Spurs play again Saturday and barring any setbacks, he should be ready to roll for that one.
News: Gay (illness) will play Friday night against New York, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Gay will take the court after missing the previous two matchup due to illness. He's come off the bench in four of his last five games and figures to remain in that role Friday, especially considering coach Gregg Popovich stated that Gay will "play a little bit," per Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.
News: Gay (illness) is expected to play Friday against the Knicks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Impact: Gay is getting over the flu, but all signs are pointing towards him taking the court in the Spurs' upcoming back-to-back. Confirmation of his availability should arrive closer to game day.
News: Cunningham (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the court during Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Cunningham has been a healthy scratch in three of the last five games while combining for six minutes in those two appearances. Even when he was a consistent part of the rotation during the first few months of 2018-19, Cunningham has always been more of a glue guy than someone who fills up stat sheets on a regular basis. As a result, he can be left on waivers across most leagues.
News: Forbes supplied six points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Forbes saw the lowest minute total among the five starters and mainly operates as a spot-up shooter offensively. He remains a decent choice for those in deep leagues that are in dire need of three-point shooting. However, outside of a few boards (2.9 per game) and dimes (2.1 per game), Forbes doesn't offer much else.
News: White went off for 23 points (10-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt), seven assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: White was absolutely spectacular, and he continues to gain confidence here as the regular season winds down. He has reached double figures in scoring in five of the last six games, swiped three steals in three of the last seven, and handed out 29 dimes across the last four. With Rudy Gay (illness) missing the last two tilts, White has been the one to step up, and the 24-year-old sophomore seems to be establishing himself as a reliable option across most formats as the Spurs gear up for the playoffs.
News: DeRozan finished with 33 points (11-19 FG, 11-11 FT), six assists, four rebounds, and four steals in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: DeRozan matched his season high in steals while delivering an extremely efficient offensive performance. Moreover, he provided another very well-rounded stat line overall, which has become the norm for the 29-year-old wing. Given that DeRozan and company expressed embarrassment and frustration over a recent loss to the Knicks (back on Feb. 24), he's likely to be in attack mode early and often during this Friday's rematch.
News: Gay (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Mavs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Gay is battling the same illness that kept him out of Sunday's game against Milwaukee, and he didn't join the Spurs on the short trip to Dallas. The veteran will have a few more days to recuperate before Friday's home matchup with the Knicks.
News: Poeltl (hamstring) re-entered the starting five at center and logged 27 minutes in Sunday's 121-114 win over the Bucks, finishing with eight points (4-4 FG), eight rebounds and three assists.
Impact: Poeltl was sidelined for the Spurs' previous game Wednesday in Atlanta due to the injury, but the extended break between contests provided sufficient recovery time. The big man has averaged 7.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 68.4 percent from the field over his last four appearances, all starts. The Spurs seem committed to using Rudy Gay off the bench at the moment, so Poeltl looks likely to stick on the top unit as part of a super-sized frontcourt with LaMarcus Aldridge.