San Antonio Spurs' Tre Jones to Miss Friday's Game Against Philadelphia 76ers

The San Antonio Spurs will be without a starting guard for their Friday night matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. The team announced via the NBA Injury Report that Tre Jones will sit tonight with left foot soreness.

Jones has been an iron man for the Spurs, starting 51 of a possible 52 games so far this season.  His increased role has cost him some of his efficiency: he's averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game with a career-low .437 field-goal percentage. With a -1.7 box plus/minus and 0.1 value over replacement player rating, the third-year player is still a long way from becoming the long-term answer at guard for the Spurs.

At 14-38, the Spurs are 14th in the Western Conference and one of the NBA's most dismal teams. They've rightly embraced a total tank job this season. With any luck, their misery will position them for a potentially transformative 2023 NBA Draft. The Spurs famously transformed one abysmal season after years of contention into Tim Duncan way back in 1997. Duncan propelled the team to two decades of dominance that included five NBA titles.

Following Friday night's game against the 76ers, the Spurs travel to Chicago to face the Bulls on Monday night.  

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