Lonnie Walker IV
G - SAS
Lonnie Walker IV logged 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 FT, 1-3 3PT), four rebounds, two assists, and a block in Friday's win over the Jazz.
It took 15 attempts (second-most of season) for Walker to put up 14 points. He had a lot of good looks but unfortunately his shots weren't dropping. Walker and the Spurs will get a day of rest before facing off against the Pelicans on Sunday.
Lonnie Walker IV is all about consistency as he looks to take the next step in his development, “I wouldn’t say there was something I wanted to improve on…I just want to be more consistent with my game.”
Walker’s improvement is a must as the Spurs prepare to fight for a playoff berth. He has an opportunity to earn a bigger role coming off the bench, but unless he can show consistency, he runs the risk of falling out of the rotation, especially with so much on the line for the team. This year he is averaging 14.5 minutes of playing time, 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, .9 assists, and .5 steals per game. At this point, he can be safely left on waivers, as it is challenging to be sure how the rotation will work for the Spurs night-in and night-out. Should he, however, achieve more consistency and garner more trust from coach Popovich and teammates throughout the “seeding” games, he might be a good pick-up in deep-league play as the last piece to your fantasy lineup.
Lonnie Walker IV (shin) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks as he continues to suffer from a bruised shin.
A bruised shin ultimately held the second-year pro out of Sunday's game against Cleveland, though the short-handed Spurs will wait to see how he feels tomorrow before making an official decision. If he is indeed cleared to play, he could be looking at a boost in playing time going forward due to Dejounte Murray (calf) being ruled out until further notice.
Lonnie Walker IV will not play Sunday’s game against the Cavaliers due to a shin contusion.
Walker missed the team’s shootaround this morning, and the Spurs ultimately ruled him out. He originally suffered the shin contusion in Friday’s loss to the Nets. Walker is currently day-to-day. His next chance to return will be Tuesday’s tilt against the Mavericks.
Lonnie Walker IV scored 10 perfect points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3PT), grabbed four rebounds, and dished three assists over 20 minutes off the bench in Monday's 116-111 loss to the Pacers.
The sophomore out of Miami has shown flashes of potential but his ceiling is limited by his playing time. In Monday's game, Demar DeRozan struggled to find his shot so Walker IV got a bit of an uptick in minutes which he took advantage of by shooting a perfect 4-of-4, including two heaves from downtown, and facilitated three assists. It's possible that the Spurs start to manage DeRozan's load as their odds of making the playoffs dwindle. That makes Walker IV an intriguing fantasy play down the stretch, but for now he should remain on your league's waiver wire for now.