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Spurs' Victor Wembanyama: Confirms he will play
Wembanyama (hip) confirmed that he will play Wednesday against the Timberwolves, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Wembanyama missed Friday's loss to the Pelicans due to a hip issue, though his absence was mostly considered precautionary. The rookie is likely to see his normal workload Wednesday, so we can expect Julian Champagnie to head back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Victor Wembanyama: On track for Wednesday
Wembanyama (hip) was at practice Sunday and is expected to play Wednesday against New Orleans, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Wembanyama missed his first game of the season Friday due to right hip soreness. San Antonio referred to the absence as precautionary, so Wembanyama is trending in the right direction to return Wednesday after four days of rest.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Blake Wesley: Heading back to G League
The Spurs assigned Wesley to the Austin Spurs of the G League on Saturday, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Wesley is averaging 1.4 points in 4.8 minutes across his five NBA appearances this season. The 20-year-old guard should receive increased opportunities in the G League.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Cedi Osman: Logs season-high 27 minutes in loss
Osman finished Friday's 121-106 loss to New Orleans with 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, five assists and one block across 27 minutes.
Victor Wembanyama (hip) was held out of the contest, giving Osman extra run in the frontcourt. Osman did well with the opportunity, leading San Antonio with five dimes while avoiding turnovers. However, the Spurs were outscored by 17 points while he was on the court. Osman's inconsistent playing time throughout the campaign has resulted in meager per-game averages of 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 triples over 19.4 minutes, making him an afterthought in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Charles Bassey: Grabs 11 boards sans Wembanyama
Bassey contributed eight points (4-4 FG), 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 19 minutes during Friday's 121-106 loss to New Orleans.
Spurs standout rookie Victor Wembanyama (hip) didn't play Friday, opening more of an opportunity for Bassey to get on the court. His 19 minutes were a season high, and Bassey responded with a strong performance that included a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Bassey came into the contest averaging just 10.3 minutes per game, and despite Friday's strong effort, he'll likely return to that level of playing time when Wembanyama is able to return.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Devin Vassell: Leads team with 14 points
Vassell notched 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one assist and two steals across 27 minutes during Friday's 121-106 loss to New Orleans.
Vassell didn't have a particularly eye-opening performance Friday, but his 14 points were enough to pace the Spurs in a game the team played without standout rookie Victor Wembanyama (hip). However, Vassell didn't do much else to make an impact in the box score aside from notching two steals. That's been a theme for the fourth-year guard throughout the campaign -- he's averaging a healthy 18.3 points and 2.7 triples per contest, but his peripheral stats (3.2 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.0 thefts) are below his averages from last season.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Julian Champagnie: Starting Friday
Champagnie will start Friday's game against the Pelicans, Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
The Spurs are without Victor Wembanyama due to a hip issue, so they will roll with a smaller lineup Friday. Champagnie has made four starts this season, averaging 8.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.3 steals and 2.0 three-pointers during those contests.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Keldon Johnson: Available Friday
Johnson (hip) is available for Friday's game against the Pelicans,Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
Johnson was previously carrying a probable tag. Friday's game is the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Johnson didn't look limited Thursday when he poured in 22 points across 33 minutes. He could see more usage Friday, as Victor Wembanyama is sitting out with a hip injury.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Devin Vassell: Still limited to bench role
Coach Gregg Popovich said Vassell will come off the bench during Friday's game against the Pelicans due to a minutes restriction, though he should be cleared for a full workload soon, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Since returning from a three-game absence due to left adductor tightness, Vassell has operated off the bench, playing 26.8 minutes per game over the last four contests. Popovich said this is due to a minutes restriction but added that Vassell's limitations should be removed soon. Vassell has been thriving off the bench recently, averaging 21.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting during the recent four-game stretch, so it'll be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out once he's cleared for a full workload.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Julian Champagnie: Season high in loss
Champagnie added 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and three rebounds through 20 minutes in Thursday's 137-135 loss to the Hawks.
Thursday's matchup also marked Champagnie's second consecutive double-digit scoring output and third overall this season. In his last six games, the first four of which were all starts, Champagnie is averaging 10.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals across 22.7 minutes. With Victor Wembanyama (hip) and Doug McDermott (illness) ruled out for Friday's contest against the Pelicans, expect Champagnie to see extended playing time until they return.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Keldon Johnson: Dealing with hip tightness
Johnson is probable for Friday's game against the Pelicans due to right hip tightness, Ty Jager of FanSided.com reports.
Johnson lands on the injury report for the second night of a back-to-back set, but the hip injury shouldn't cause him to miss any game action. After an inconsistent start to the season, Johnson has been a steady producer for San Antonio, averaging 19.3 points (50.0 percent shooting), 7.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals-plus-blocks in 34.0 minutes per game over his last eight appearances.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Doug McDermott: Remains out Friday
McDermott (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pelicans, independent NBA writer Matthew Tynan reports.
McDermott missed Thursday's game against Atlanta due to his illness, and he'll be unavailable for the second half of the back-to-back set Friday. However, he'll have a few additional days to recover before Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves. Julian Champagnie and Cedi Osman are candidates for larger roles Friday.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Victor Wembanyama: Won't play Friday
Wembanyama (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Coach Gregg Popovich signaled after Thursday's loss to Atlanta that Wembanyama's status was uncertain for Friday's matchup, and the No. 1 overall pick will officially be sidelined for the second half of the back-to-back set. Wembanyama will have a few days to rest before the Spurs face Minnesota on Wednesday, while Cedi Osman and Charles Bassey could see increased run against New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Keldon Johnson: Records double-double
Johnson registered 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 33 minutes during Thursday's 137-135 loss to Atlanta.
The Spurs came up short and lost to the Hawks, but Johnson had another impressive performance to extend his sizzling streak. Since returning from a one-game absence in mid-November, Johnson scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven contests while shooting an impressive 51.1 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range. Johnson has seen his numbers dip a bit with the emergence of players such as Devin Vassell and Victor Wembanyama (hip), but he's still a talented player who can carry the Spurs on offense through prolonged stretches.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Jeremy Sochan: Shines against Atlanta
Sochan had 33 points (12-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Thursday's 137-135 loss to Atlanta.
The experiment of playing Sochan as a point guard has drawn mixed reviews and has delivered a few head-scratching moments, but coach Gregg Popovich is sticking with his idea. From a statistical perspective, it worked Thursday, as Sochan posted one of the best games of his career while contributing at both ends. His overall numbers have looked on par with last season's, though. This 33-point output was a season-high mark by a wide margin, as his previous season-best mark was only 19 points.... See More ... See Less
Spurs' Victor Wembanyama: Uncertain for Friday
Wembanyama (hip) is uncertain for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
Wembanyama was able to play through his hip injury Thursday in a 137-135 loss to Atlanta, finishing with 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks across 29 minutes. Friday's game is the second leg of a back-to-back set, and the Spurs are known for erring on the side of caution. If Wembanyama sits, Charles Bassey could get an extended opportunity.... See More ... See Less