Spurs’ Derrick White expected to be out for rest of season, per Gregg Popovich
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has made a startling revelation as to the status of point guard Derrick White for the remainder of the season. As it turns out, the 26-year-old’s right ankle sprain will force him to sit out the rest of the way.
This report comes via Tom Petrini of KENS 5:
Pop says he doesn't expect Derrick White back this year after his ankle injury
— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) April 28, 2021
White rolled his ankle on Monday against the Washington Wizards and he was immediately taken to the locker room. He was recently ruled out for Wednesday’s tilt against the Miami Heat, and apparently, he is now going to be out for the season.
This comes as a huge blow for the Spurs, who are currently fighting for dear life in the West. Prior to Wednesday’s festivities, San Antonio is tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot in the conference. The Golden State Warriors are currently at 10th but are just one game behind them at this point. Needless to say, it’s going to be an extremely tight race the rest of the way, and losing a key player such as White will likely have a significant impact on the Spurs’ postseason hopes.
Based on Pop’s statement here, it seems that White won’t be able to come back even if the Spurs actually make the playoffs. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but it appears that it’s more serious than that considering how it has now been deemed as a season-ending injury for the 6-foot-4 point guard. Things are about to get much tougher for the Spurs right about now.