Anderson recorded 20 points (8-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four steals and two assists across 27 minutes during a 129-115 loss to the Warriors on Monday.
Anderson's 20 points marked a team high and also a season high in the season-ending loss. His role increased after Kawhi Leonard (ankle) was injured, and was quite effective in Game 4, as the four steals fell just one shy of his season high. Anderson's 2016-17 season wasn't particularly inspiring, but performances like this show what Anderson is capable of on occasion when given a decent workload.
Anderson started Game 3 as the Spurs attempted to go to a smaller unit, posting six points, nine rebounds, five assists and a block across 20 minutes. While it was a solid performance all around, the Spurs still took the loss, so in an effort to potentially spark a change, they'll go with Manu Ginobili in the top unit instead. Anderson should still see an elevated role with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) out, but he may not reach the 20 minutes he logged during Game 3.
Anderson will get the nod in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Greg Simmons of KSAT Sports reports.
Anderson is part of a lineup that will include only one big in LaMarcus Aldridge to open the game against Golden State. Gasol will head to the bench, at least for the opening minutes, but will still likely see plenty of time on the court. Anderson has scored 5.6 points, posted 4.7 rebounds and dished out 1.9 assists in just over 21 minutes over the past 10 games.
Anderson tallied 15 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists and two rebounds over 18 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs.
Anderson was highly efficient with his shot over a relatively modest amount of time on the floor, leading the Spurs' second unit in scoring after averaging just 3.0 points across 12.5 minutes in the first two games of the series. The third-year swingman got some extra playing time with the Spurs behind by double digits in the second half, but his minutes will be hard to predict from game to game in the postseason. Notably, Anderson had played only two minutes in Monday's Game 2 win on the heels of what was a series-high 18 minutes on Thursday.
Anderson started at small forward and generated nine points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks across 38 minutes in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday.
The poor shooting night from the field and the free-throw line aside, Anderson turned in a quality line for those who rolled the dice on him in DFS contests with the Spurs holding out several key regulars. Since the team is locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, there's a good chance coach Gregg Popovich will limit the minutes or hold out the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol over the team's final three games of the regular season, which should allow Anderson to enjoy healthy workloads in all of those contests.
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