In his pregame press convention earlier than the San Antonio Spurs face the Warmth in Miami Wednesday, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich stated injured guard Derrick White will possible miss the rest of the season.
“I don’t count on him again this season,” stated Popovich when requested how lengthy White may very well be out.
The Spurs are all the way down to the ultimate 12 video games of their season and are presently in play for the play-in sport. White injured his ankle in Monday’s win over the Washington Wizards.
With White out, Popovich stated the Spurs will begin Devin Vassell in his place to maintain Lonnie Walker IV off the bench. Popovich stated the bench unit wants Walker IV’s impression much like how previous Spurs groups used to depend on Manu Ginobili in his sixth man function off the bench.
White has had a tricky 2020-2021 season. He needed to begin late after having offseason surgical procedure, then as quickly as he got here again, he suffered a toe harm simply after one sport again. As soon as his toe healed, he acquired to play in a number of video games, however then, he and several other of his teammates examined constructive for Covid-19 and have been out for various video games. Earlier than injuring his ankle Monday, White was having the perfect of month of his season.
In 15 April video games, White was averaging 18.1 factors (second on the staff), 3.9 assists, and one block per sport. He was trying 7.6 threes per sport and he was making 36% of these three pointers. The Spurs have been additionally having a superb stretch defensively, particularly in limiting the quantity and % of opponent three and huge open three pointers.
Popovich did say White wouldn’t want surgical procedure on his ankle, possible that means with simply two weeks of the common season left, there in all probability wouldn’t have been sufficient time for White to heal and return to the staff for this season.