Poeltl provided six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Saturday's 122-112 loss to the Thunder. Poeltl saw more minutes than Pau Gasol, who started his second straight contest since returning from an extended injury absence. The 23-year-old big man has recorded double-digit boards three times through 40 appearances this season, with all of them coming in the last 17 matchups. Despite earning fewer minutes per game than last year, Poeltl is pitching in career-high averages in rebounding and assists.
Poeltl had one rebound, one assist, and one block in eight minutes during Thursday's 154-147 double overtime win against the Thunder. Poeltl returned to a reserve role with Pau Gasol moving into the starting lineup. Moreover, Poeltl was the only Spur that played but didn't earn double-digit minutes. Gasol's return appears to be resulting in reduced responsibility and opportunity for Poeltl.
Poeltl will come off the bench in Thursday's game against the Thunder, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports. Poeltl started the Spurs' last-two games but saw just 14 minutes Wednesday and only averaged 4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game over the two game stretch. He may see some more minutes despite coming off the bench with Pau Gasol (rest) not active to take center minutes.
Poeltl will start Monday against the Pistons, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Poeltl will step into the starting lineup Monday in place of Rudy Gay, who is unavailable due to a wrist injury. In his most recent start -- Dec. 31 against the Celtics -- Poeltl notched two points, six rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes.
Poeltl started at center and finished with two points (1-4 FG), six rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes Monday in the Spurs' 120-111 win over the Celtics. With Rudy Gay (wrist) sitting out, LaMarcus Aldridge shifted over from center to power forward to open up a spot on the top unit for Poeltl. The lineup change didn't yield a major minutes boost for Poeltl, who also failed to take advantage of the assignment by shooting uncharacteristically poor from the field and finishing without a block. Gay's injury isn't believed to be a long-term concern, so Poeltl could return to the bench as soon as Thursday against the Raptors.
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