If you're freaking out over preseason, calm down. But ... until Spurs get Leonard and then Splitter back, it's going to be dicey.
Matchups to watch Tuesday: Parker/Jameer, Splitter/Tyson, Duncan/Dirk. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) could miss this game.
The thing is, two of the three guys out (Splitter/Leonard) are sort of the linchpin of the Spurs' defensive operation.
Nothing official, but Pop seems resigned to starting season Tuesday without Leonard and Splitter available.
Ginobili's preseason hasn't been great, but it'd look about 10 percent better if he were able to run pick and rolls with Tiago Splitter.
Pop said he hadn't thought about who might sit tonight for rest purposes, but did say Kawhi & Tiago are still out.
Nothing new with Leonard or Splitter; both continue to be out. Everyone else will dress tonight, Popovich said he has no idea who will play.
RZA = Pop GZA = Duncan Rae = Manu Ghost = Parker Meth = Kawhi Deck = Mills ODB = Diaw Masta = Splitter U-God = Bonner
DeMarcus Cousins is a tough cover anyway. He's impossible for the Spurs' to defend without Duncan and Splitter available.
This Spurs starting five getting worked over defensively ... with no Leonard, Duncan, or Splitter it's what you expect
Popovich on Splitter (calf): "I don't know when he's going to be ready. Hopefully by the time the season starts (on Tuesday)."
Pop said Splitter unlikely to play Wednesday against Atlanta either. Season opener vs Dallas could get iffy.
And obviously no Splitter (calf), Leonard (eye) or Mills (shoulder) vs Kings either.
Pop says both Kawhi Leonard & Tiago Splitter are still out, doesn't know when they'll return. Said Kawhi will be reevaluated on Thursday.
No Duncan tonight. Splitter still has no timetable for return, Leonard's eye infection, resulting from a virus, will be re-evaluated Thurs.
Spurs to hold out Tony Parker, in addition to Leonard, Splitter and Mills.
Pop basically said facts need to be checked before making public statements: Kawhi, Mills, Tiago were all hurt he said.
"...Patty Mills had a shoulder operation. Tiago has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi was out and is still out. The other two..."
Tony Parker (rest) will sit tonight, joining Splitter (calf) and Leonard (goop eye).
For Spurs, Leonard & Splitter out tonight vs Heat
Splitter and Leonard were both on the floor at the end of shootaround today, so I'd wager they're getting close(r). Will ask Pop tonight.
Spurs are listing Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard as out for tonight. Spoelstra had said no Wade or Bosh.
Some afternoon Spurs news: Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili & Coach Pop won't make trip to Phoenix.
Spurs announce Kawhi, Splitter, Duncan, Manu, and now, Pop, join Patty Mills is not traveling to Phoenix for Thursday's preseason game.
Spurs say Pop staying home along w/Kawhi Leonard (eye), T Splitter (calf), P Mills (shoulder), T Duncan (old) and M Ginobili (old).
Three Spurs not going to Phoenix are injured or ill: Mills, Splitter and Leonard. Duncan/Manu are older and logged big minutes in Europe.
Spurs who won't be making preseason trip to PHX this week: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter.
Splitter missed time w/strained left calf last yr. This is the right one. Don't know if that's a silver lining or not. Leaning toward not.
Basically, it's that calf again for Splitter.
Per Spurs, Tiago Splitter is out with a strained right soleus muscle. Out indefinitely. Will be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days.
Spurs announce Tiago Splitter has a strained right soleus. No timetable for his return. He will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Spurs announce Tiago Splitter is injured with a strained right soleus. Return not determined yet. To be reevaluated in 7-10 days.
Per Spurs, Tiago Splitter has a strained right soleus. No timetable for return. Will be re-evaluated in 7 to 10 days.