Bertans started at power forward and compiled 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals and one assist across 39 minutes in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday.
With the Spurs keeping only eight players active for the front end of the back-to-back set, Bertans was able to enter the starting five and benefit from an ample workload, surpassing the 20-minute mark for the third time in four games. While he doesn't figure to be a consistent rotation option once the postseason arrives, the Spurs are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, so it's likely that coach Gregg Popovich will continue to limit the workloads of key big men like LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol down the stretch, thereby opening up extended minutes for Bertans over the final three regular-season contests. The rookie has showcased a deft touch from three-point range over his last three appearances, going a combined 12-of-25 from beyond the arc.
Bertans will start at power forward in Friday's game against the Mavericks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The Spurs are resting LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, so Bertans should have an opportunity to see a healthy workload. He has averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 triples, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 28.4 minutes the previous two games, provided a decent baseline of what to expect from him Friday.
Bertans ended up with 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-10 3Pt), one assist, one blocked shot and one rebound in Wednesday's 102-95 loss against the Lakers.
Tony Parker hinted after the loss that the team might not take a full crew to Dallas, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. If the team elects to rest Kawhi Leonard then you can expect Bertans to see a bump in playing time and production.
Bertans will come off the bench in Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies.
With LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) returning to the starting lineup, Bertans will return to a role off the bench. Bertans scored 11 points in 34 minutes Sunday against the Jazz, and while he isn't expected to play nearly as many minutes again Tuesday, it is possible that the Latvian could see some extended run given that head coach Gregg Popovich has said that he plans on resting some of his key players before postseason play begins.
Bertans will start in place of injured teammate LaMarcus Aldridge. It's relatively unclear how many minutes Bertans is expected to accumulate during Sunday's contest. Given the fact he was just recalled to the active roster less than one week ago, it's probably wise to wait and see how the Spurs plan to use the 24-year-old project before assuming he'll be the primary replacement during Aldridge's absence.
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