Markkanen injures ankle in defeat

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

If Gay is ruled out, the Spurs will be without a total of seven players against the Bulls.

Center Pau Gasol led the Spurs with 21 points. The Bulls trailed by 22 points after the first quarter. It was the Spurs' largest margin after the opening period since leading by 24 in Chicago in 2014.

The the Spurs had eight players score in double figures. The Spurs had two back-to-back games at home in the same month for the first time in franchise history.

San Antonio was also nearly without Gay, who was "50/50" with an ailing back, but the veteran forward played 18 minutes.

Lopez scored 12 points for the Bulls in the first half. Forward Lauri Markkanen scored six points in the first half, but Markkanen did not return for the second half, as the team announced a left ankle sprain would keep him out for the remainder of the game. Green will miss the game with a hamstring injury, Popovich said. Gay has 10-plus points in 10 of 13 games this season.

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Ginobili is out for rest purposes, which is no surprise considering Saturday's game is the second in a back to back and he played 25 minutes in the 94-87 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night.

Now in the third season of a four-year, $40 million deal he signed prior to the 2015-16 season, Green has looked rejuvenated as he's averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 38.9 percent shooting from deep.

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The Bulls are off until Wednesday when they travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.

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