The Spurs are running out of small forwards. Kawhi Leonard is out two weeks with tendonitis in his knee. And now, the Spurs have announced Stephen Jackson is out 4-6 weeks with a....
Injury update: Stephen Jackson has a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of his right little finger. Rxpected to miss 4-6 weeks.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 20, 2012
He broke his pinky.
The Spurs have played small-ball in heavy doses, and you can expect a three-guard lineup with Danny Green and Manu Ginobili alongside Tony Parker or Gary Neal to get heavy minutes. The system will probably allow them to survive, but it's going to be a major hit to their defense. Jackson and Leonard are pivotal to their perimeter defense, with the Spurs lacking an interior presence outside of Tim Duncan.
It's a tough situation for San Antonio, and after a torrid start, it could create some rough times for a team that doesn't look as deep as it did in preseason.