Kirk Hinrich is out. Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli are game-time decisions with their nagging injuries.
And the focus is squarely on the Spurs and then the Celtics — not the All-Star Game, the All-Star break or Derrick Rose's return.
That's the gist of Sunday at the Berto Center where, health situations or not, coach Tom Thibodeau remained in his element.
"I'll tell you what: Practices don't change too much," Noah said, smiling, after observing it from a stationary bicycle. "It's pretty much the same thing every day. (Thibodeau) is more interested in our energy levels and making sure we're doing everything at 100 percent."
Noah vowed to play through the plantar fasciitis in his right foot despite doing only his cardiovascular work and performing some light individual shooting. But for the first time, Noah and Thibodeau said they'll revisit whether Noah participates in All-Star weekend in Houston following Wednesday's road game in Boston.
"It's pretty important," Noah said of his first All-Star Game. "Well, it's not that important, but it's something I want to do. But I also have to do what's right for the team. There's obviously a bigger picture than the All-Star Game. We'll see.
"You have to live in the moment. Right now, that's not really what I'm thinking about. I'm more worried about San Antonio. That's pretty important."
Indeed, the Spurs entered Sunday a half-game ahead of the Thunder for the league's best record despite injuries to Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Thibodeau called questions about Noah's All-Star participation "valid" but also "premature," saying the issue would be revisited after the next two games.
Noah, Thibodeau to revisit whether center participates in All-Star weekend
Chicago Tribune | Feb 11