Pau Gasol (shoulder) will not play tonight vs. Golden State Warriors
From NBA media reports
* Tonight on TNT: Spurs vs. Warriors (10:30 ET)
The San Antonio Spurs will have to try and topple the Golden State Warriors without their top rebounder.
Veteran big man Pau Gasol will not play tonight after suffering a right shoulder injury in the Spurs’ last game, a 100-98 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol, who is averaging a team-best 8.4 rebounds a game this season, has been one of the more healthy players on the Spurs roster this season. He has appeared in 60 games this season, one of only five San Antonio players to have accomplished that feat to date.
Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News has more on Gasol’s injury:
Gasol is believed to have suffered the injury in a second half collision Monday night with his younger brother, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.
The Spurs are calling the injury a right AC sprain. The AC is the acromioclavicular joint, which is at the top of the shoulder between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.
Gasol did not participate in the Spurs’ practice Wednesday morning before they flew to the Bay Area.
The Spurs are 2-2 this season in games Gasol has sat out. He’s also missed outings due to rest, a groin injury, a wrist sprain and a bruised knee.
Injuries have been an issue for the Spurs all season, in particular the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard sidelined for all but nine games.