Anderson started at shooting guard in Friday's preseason finale against the Rockets, producing 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 20 minutes.
After stating earlier in training camp that he hoped to find more minutes for Anderson this season, coach Gregg Popovich may have been granted his wish Friday, though in less-than-ideal fashion. Starting shooting guard Danny Green was diagnosed with a quad strain and was subsequently ruled out for three weeks, which enabled Anderson to move up to the top unit Friday. It's unclear, however, if he'll stick there when the Spurs open their regular season Tuesday against the Warriors. Jonathon Simmons (calf) also sat out Friday's game with a minor injury, but is expected to return for the opener and could ultimately prove to be a better replacement for Green given his three-point shooting ability, a skill Anderson lacks. Regardless of how it shakes out, Anderson and Simmons profile as the main beneficiaries of Green's absence, with both set to see enhanced minutes as a result.
Anderson will start at small forward for Wednesday's matchup with the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Kawhi Leonard is getting the game off for additional rest, so Anderson will have the opportunity to run with the starting lineup and could potentially see an increase in minutes. Anderson was all over the stat sheet Monday, notching eight points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and three steals over 20 minutes and should have the opportunity to build on that strong showing with Leonard out of the lineup.
Kyle Anderson played five minutes and accrued no statistics in Monday's 98-97 Game 2 loss to the Thunder.
With the San Antonio Spurs trailing for most of the contest, coach Gregg Popovich relied more heavily on his starters, leaving little opportunity for Anderson to get off the bench. The second-year forward had seen at least 14 minutes in each of the Spurs' previous five playoff games, but nearly all of those contests were of the blowout variety.
Kyle Anderson scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, five steals, and four assists in 30 minutes during the San Antonio Spurs ' 96-91 win against the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Anderson swiped a career-high five steals while matching his career high with 15 points in Wednesday's start, and he also delivered his first double-double. It's unclear exactly how much time Anderson will play in the postseason, but he is unlikely to log very many minutes in a playoff game that's not a total blowout.
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