Samanic has been diagnosed with a fractured left fourth metacarpal, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Samanic broke his hand during Tuesday's loss to the Nets. It's not clear exactly how long he'll be sidelined, but it would be surprising if we saw him again this season. Assuming he's out for the year, Samanic will finish his sophomore campaign with averages of 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game across 32 appearances.
Samanic managed 15 points (6-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 126-94 loss to the Jazz.
The Spurs were run off the court Wednesday, allowing their role players to see extended run down the stretch. The fact Samanic led all Spurs' scorers with 15 points tells you everything you need to know about the game. This needs to be viewed as an outlier, so there is no need to make any significant roster moves just yet.
Samanic will come off the bench Saturday against the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
With DeMar DeRozan (quadriceps) back in the starting five, Samanic will come off the bench. However, with Rudy Gay (back) out, Samanic could still see more playing time than usual.
Samanic notched two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds, two steals and an assist across 15 minutes in Thursday's win over the Pistons.
Samanic started for the second time in the last four games, but his output was limited once again. The young forward is one of the Spurs' main developmental prospects but hasn't seen the court much this season, and he's averaging just 10.6 minutes per game across eight appearances this month.
Samanic will start Thursday's game against Detroit, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Samanic will make his fourth start of the season with Patty Mills (rest), Dejounte Murray (rest) and DeMar DeRozan (quad) sidelined. He's only reached double figures in scoring twice this season, so he's far from a lock to post big numbers with the bigger workload.
Samanic will start Saturday's game at Phoenix, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
The 21-year-old has seen the court in only one of the past five games but will join the lineup Saturday with DeMar DeRozan (rest) and Jakob Poeltl (rest) sitting out. Samanic averaged 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 22 minutes in his previous two starts this season.
Samanic will come off the bench Wednesday at Denver, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
The 21-year-old started Monday and had eight points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes, but he'll return to the bench with Dejounte Murray (foot) rejoining the lineup. Samanic had played single-digit minutes in his previous five appearances, so he'll likely return to a minor role.
Samanic will start Monday's game against Cleveland, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Samanic will receive his second start of the season while the team is without Dejounte Murray (foot). The 21-year-old has averaged just 8.8 minutes per game on the season, so he's likely in for an increased workload. In his one previous start this season, Samanic tallied four points and four rebounds across 19 minutes.
Samanic finished with 14 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in Wednesday's 134-101 loss to the Clippers.
Samanic scored well above his average in points Wednesday by knocking down a surprising 75 percent of his field-goal attempts. The first-round draft pick from 2019 has received relatively inconsistent minutes all season, however, he's performed well when given over 10 minutes of play during the month of March. Consistent playing time could help Samanic's shooting percentage, but it's unclear how the Spurs will operate their rotation with a playoff spot still in sight.
Samanic collected seven points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one rebound, one assist and one block across 17 minutes Sunday in a 134-99 loss to the Sixers.
Samanic was one of eight bench players who played over 10 minutes for the Spurs on Sunday. He does not possess an exact role but has received more playing time in recent matchups amid some absences. Samanic has averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds across 14.1 minutes across his past eight games. Before a start at Oklahoma City on Feb. 24, he saw action in only one of 19 previous games.
Samanic will come off the bench Saturday against the Pelicans, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
With DeMar DeRozan (personal) back, Samanic will come off the bench as expected. He saw 19 minutes in his start Wednesday against the Thunder, but it would not be surprising if he fails to crack the rotation Saturday with more players available.
Samanic will start Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
The Spurs have an extensive injury report, and coach Gregg Popovich will opt to give Samanic the nod while LaMarcus Aldridge comes off the bench during his first game back from a hip injury. The second-year forward has put up great numbers in the G League, averaging 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.7 minutes.
Samanic was recalled from the G League's Austin Spurs on Sunday, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Samanic joins San Antonio as the team battles COVID-19 after four players recently tested positive. The 21-year-old power forward has been stellar in the G League for Austin of late, averaging 21.8 points and 11.3 rebounds across six appearances. It's unclear how much of a role he'll take on at the NBA level despite the team being shorthanded.
Samanic (finger) tallied 17 points (7-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt), nine rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes Saturday in the G League Austin Spurs' 125-118 win over the Westchester Knicks.
Samanic made his second start in a row after a sprained finger prevented him from playing in Tuesday's 109-89 loss to the Canton Charge. He returned to action Thursday with a 29-point, 12-rebound effort in Austin's 104-101 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but Samanic's production took a step back against Westchester. The 2019 first-round pick is expected to remain at the G League bubble in Orlando through mid-March before rejoining the Spurs shortly after the NBA All-Star break.
Samanic (finger) won't play in Tuesday's game against the Canton Charge, reports Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com.
The 21-year-old will miss Tuesday's G League game due to a sprained finger. Samanic has been strong for Austin in four games played this season, with averages of 21.3 points and 11.8 boards per contest.
Samanic tallied 20 points (7-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 17 rebounds, and six assists in 32 minutes of Wednesday's 119-111 G League win over Memphis.
Samanic led an impressive all-around effort in his G League debut. He particularly dominated on the glass, where he was the game leader in rebounds. The only negative for the Croatian native was that he fouled out of the contest.
Samanic was assigned to the G League's Austin Spurs on Wednesday, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Samanic has seen limited run, playing just 11 total minutes across four games this season. He'll now join Austin in the G League's bubble.
Samanic (illness) was active for Friday's 122-117 loss to the Mavericks, but he didn't leave the bench.
San Antonio cleared the second-year forward from the injury report ahead of Friday's contest after he was ruled out for each of the past three games while he dealt with a sore throat. The 21-year-old looks to be back to full health, but since he's not a regular member of head coach Gregg Popovich's rotation, Samanic will likely go unused in most competitive games.
Samanic (illness) isn't listed on the injury report for Friday's game against the Mavericks.
The 21-year-old has been out with a sore throat but will be available for Friday's contest. Samanic should return to to his role at the end of the bench for the Spurs now that he's healthy.
Samanic (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
Samanic continues to be sidelined by a sore throat, and it's unclear how long he expected to be unavailable.
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|05/16||vs PHO||L 121-123||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/15||vs PHO||L 103-140||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/13||@ NY||L 98-102||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||@ BKN||L 116-128||5||2||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/10||vs MIL||W 146-125||4||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|05/08||@ POR||L 102-124||6||7||4||0||0||0||0|
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