For once, the San Antonio Spurs are giving fantasy basketball owners a heads up with their injury reports — announcing today that Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter will sit out Wednesday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics.
Parker has been nursing various injuries all season-long, but his nagging lower back issues will sideline him for this one. In the end, it’s being used more as a day of rest with the All-Star break following Wednesday’s contest. Losing him for a game hurts owners, but it will be better in the long run if he can get some extra R&R. The Spurs’ starting point guard has struggled over his last three contests, posting averages of 8.0 points and 4.3 assists, while shooting an uncharacteristic 37 percent from the field.
The player most likely to benefit from Parker’s absence is Patty Mills – something fellow Fantasy CPR writer Josh Lloyd pointed out earlier this week. The 25-year-old Australian is averaging 16.2 points, 2.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 3-pointers over his last six games. He exited Monday’s contest after playing just 14 minutes due to a sprained ankle, but reiterated that he’ll have no issues suiting up on Wednesday. Mills is owned in just 15.7 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.
Like Parker, injuries are nothing new to Splitter either. The 6-foot-11 Brazilian will miss his 19th game of the season on Wednesday. He had previously dealt with a shoulder injury, but the ailment keeping him out of this contest is a calf strain. It doesn’t sound like anything too serious, but coach Gregg Popovich will always choose to rest his players if he can.
If you’re trying to replace Splitter, the most appealing player to add from the Spurs roster would be Boris Diaw. In the last two games in which Splitter has missed, Diaw has averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 block. He also added two 3-pointers in Saturday’s tilt with the Charlotte Bobcats. When given minutes he’s proven to be able to contribute in multiple categories and makes a fine add vs. a Celtics team that has struggled against big men.
Diaw is owned in only 2.9 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.