Injuries continue to disease Spurs’ Leonard, Parker – San Antonio Express

San Antonio Spurs ensure Tony Parker during a second half of an NBA basketball diversion opposite a Sacramento Kings Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Spurs won 107-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, STF / Associated Press / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker usually can’t seem to shake a damage bug this season.

The Spurs on Wednesday ruled Leonard out for Thursday night’s diversion opposite a Lakers. It will be a third true competition he has missed given he suffered a left shoulder aria opposite Phoenix on Jan. 5.

In further to Leonard, there is a good possibility a Spurs will also be but Parker, who a bar listed as puzzled after he sprained his right ankle in a fourth entertain of Monday night’s 107-100 win over Sacramento.

Leonard and Parker missed a initial 27 and 19 games, respectively, this deteriorate while recuperating from quadriceps issues.

Spurs manager Gregg Popovich indicated this week he did not consider a shoulder damage would keep Leonard out long. But that foresee is in doubt with Leonard set to skip a third and final diversion of a team’s three-game West Coast trip.

Leonard’s subsequent possibility to play will be Saturday when a Spurs horde a Denver Nuggets during a ATT Center.

Parker called his ankle damage a box of bad fitness after it occurred when he got tangled adult with a Kings’ Kosta Koufos.

“There’s zero we can do about it,” Parker said. “It’s usually basketball.”

The Spurs also ruled out Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) for a Lakers game. It will be a seventh true diversion he has missed.

On a certain note, Danny Green (tightness, left groin) has been upgraded to controversial for Thursday’s diversion after blank a final 4 outings.

Injuries have tormented a Spurs all season. But notwithstanding personification usually one diversion with a full roster, they are 28-14, good adequate for third in a Western Conference.

Ginobili’s prohibited hand: Spurs ensure Manu Ginobili, who is approaching to play opposite a Lakers after sitting out Monday night’s diversion for rest, is on an extraordinary sharpened run for any NBA player, let alone one 40 years old.

Over his final 3 games, a destiny gymnasium of famer is averaging 19.6 points per diversion on 62.5 percent sharpened from a margin (20 of 32), including 68.7 percent from 3-point operation (11 of 16).

After scoring a season-high 21 points on 7-of-10 sharpened (3 of 4 from downtown) in a 103-89 win over Phoenix final Friday night, Ginobili surfaced it with 26 points on 9 of 16 (6 of 9 from prolonged range) in a 111-110 detriment to a Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

With his opening opposite Portland, Ginobili became a initial actor in NBA story age 40-plus to measure 25-plus points with during slightest 6 3-pointers.

“I theory it’s flattering easy to respond in a deteriorate in that I’m not creation a lot of shots, so again currently we done a few and it felt good,” he pronounced after a Portland game.

For a season, Ginobili is averaging 9.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting, including 32.4 from distance.

3-point terror: With his 6 3-pointers opposite a Kings on Monday, second-year Spurs brazen Davis Bertans now has 4 career games with five-plus 3-pointers.

The usually actor in authorization story with some-more 3s in his initial dual seasons is Gary Neal with five.

Tom Orsborn is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read some-more of his stories here. | | Twitter: @tom_orsborn

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