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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reveals timetable for Derrick White after serious toe injury

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The dreaded injury bug has claimed another victim as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White recently suffered a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of his left second toe. On Saturday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich revealed the extent of White’s injury and revealed the long timetable for his recovery, per San Antonio Express-News’ Jeff McDonald.

Coach Pop hasn’t been able to hide his frustrations as of late, as his team continues to be ravaged by injuries at the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. White, after all, has only played one game this season and is once again back on the injured list. The 26-year-old combo guard last played on January 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers, where he scored nine points in 23 minutes of action.

A late first-round pick back in 2017, Derrick White worked his butt off to become a staple in Popovich’s rotation in recent years. He was a bright spot in the Spurs’ rather underwhelming 2019-20 campaign, tallying solid numbers of 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 68 games.

San Antonio rewarded him handsomely in the offseason with a four-year extension worth $73 million. But looks like the Spurs won’t get immediate returns from that investment since White will be out for a considerable amount of time. Despite the challenges they’re facing, the Spurs have managed to hang in there and accumulated a 4-4 slate so far.

A lot of Western Conference teams have re-tooled nicely prior to the season, making it harder for the Spurs to clinch a playoff spot. They missed the postseason last year for the first time in 23 seasons.