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San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s - December 6th, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22

The San Antonio Spurs will try to avenge their close loss to the Phoenix Suns in their last meeting. [Photo: Pounding the Rock]
The San Antonio Spurs will try to avenge their close loss to the Phoenix Suns in their last meeting. [Photo: Pounding the Rock]
Michael Macasero
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After beating the best team in the NBA in their last game, the San Antonio Spurs will face another gargantuan challenge from the Phoenix Suns on Monday. San Antonio held off the Golden State Warriors’ massive rally to beat the team in the dying minutes of the game. It ended the Suns’ franchise-best 18-game winning run.

The San Antonio Spurs came close to pulling off an upset the last time they faced the Phoenix Suns. San Antonio’s late 10-2 rally almost snapped the Suns' winning streak at the time. Gregg Popovich’s young core have seemingly found their confidence and groove this season. They have now racked up four straight wins at the expense of some really good teams.

Dejounte Murray was clutch as the Spurs snapped the Warriors win streak of 11 straight home games: 23 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST, 2 STLHe's averaging 20.4 PTS, 9.8 REB, 8.8 AST, 2 STL over his last 9 games. https://t.co/PaOGL3420o

The Phoenix Suns, who were without leading scorer Devin Booker, lost to the Golden State Warriors. Without the two-time All-Star’s offensive firepower, they were outscored 48-67 in the second half, which cost them the game.

The Phoenix Suns will be looking to string some wins together starting with the game against the San Antonio Spurs. Even without Booker, the Suns are favorites to bounce back from their loss against the Warriors due to their solid defense.


San Antonio Spurs Injury Report

Devin Vassell (quad) and Keita Bates-Diop (ankle) have been listed as questionable by the San Antonio Spurs. Zach Collins (ankle) is yet to play a game this season. Devontae Cacok will not travel with the team as he has been assigned to the G-League.

Player:Status:Reason:
Bates-Diop, KeitaQuestionableInjury/Illness - Right Ankle; Sprain
Cacok, Devontae Out G League - Two-Way
Collins, Zach Out Injury/Illness - Left Ankle; Stress Fracture
Vassell, Devin Questionable Injury/Illness - Right Quad; Contusion

Phoenix Suns Injury Report

Devin Booker (hamstring), Frank Kaminsky (knee), Abdel Nader (knee) and Dario Saric (ACL) are all ruled out. Chandler Hutchison will not suit up for the Phoenix Suns as he has been assigned to the G-League.

As I just reported on NBA Today with host @malika_andrews: Suns star Devin Booker is expected to miss a few games with his left hamstring injury, per sources. It's considered minor, and Suns plan to err on side of caution with a long way to go for a team with title hopes.
Player:Status:Reason:
Booker, DevinOutInjury/Illness - Left Hamstring; Strain
Hutchison, ChandlerOutG League - Two-Way
Kaminsky, Frank Out Injury/Illness - Right Knee; Stress Reaction
Nader, Abdel Out Injury/Illness - Right Knee; Injury Management
Saric, Dario Out Injury/Illness - Right ACL; Tear

San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns:

Predicted Lineups

San Antonio Spurs

Gregg Popovich is likely to roll out the same starting unit that has been responsible for their current winning streak. Derrick White and Dejounte Murray will be the backbone of the San Antonio Spurs offense and defense from the backcourt.

During this 4 game win streak: Derrick White:19.5 ppg5 ast5.3 rebDejounte Murray:22.3 ppg8.5 ast10 reb https://t.co/1ZFhTfZvyr

Jakob Poeltl should take his usual starting center role with Doug McDermott and Keldon Johnson playing the two forward slots.


Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns will hope to build another winning streak starting with the game against the young and resilient San Antonio Spurs. [Photo: AZCentral]
The Phoenix Suns will hope to build another winning streak starting with the game against the young and resilient San Antonio Spurs. [Photo: AZCentral]

Landry Shamet will continue to play in Devin Booker’s place against the San Antonio Spurs. He will be Chris Paul’s backcourt mate. Deandre Ayton will have his regular position in the middle of the Phoenix Suns’ formation.

Defensive Player of the Year candidate Mikal Bridges will be the small forward alongside crowd-favorite Jae Crowder as the power forward.


San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns:

Starting 5s

San Antonio Spurs

Point Guard - Dejounte Murray | Shooting Guard - Derrick White | Small Forward - Doug McDermott | Power Forward - Keldon Johnson | Center - Jakob Poeltl

Phoenix Suns

Point Guard - Chris Paul | Shooting Guard - Landry Shamet | Small Forward - Mikal Bridges | Power Forward - Jae Crowder | Center - Deandre Ayton


Edited by Diptanil Roy
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