Kyle Anderson to miss 2-3 weeks with sprained MCL
The San Antonio Spurs will be without forward Kyle Anderson for 2-3 weeks after he suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee.
San Antonio's Kyle Anderson is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2017
Anderson suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Spurs’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He went down clutching his knee in pain despite the lack of any contact and had to be helped off the court by his teammates.
It’s yet another tough blow for the injury-hit Spurs. Anderson had started in all 23 of San Antonio’s games this season, primarily at small forward in place of sidelined Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard. Anderson is averaging 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game, all career-highs.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revealed recently that Leonard is on the last steps of his rehab, which could mean that his return is near. But with no date yet set for his return and Rudy Gay unlikely to stray from his bench role, Davis Bertans and Brandon Paul become the most likely candidates to start at small forward in place of Anderson in the meantime.
Bertans, who has seen his playing time cut significantly this season, had 16 points in a season-high 29 minutes against the Thunder. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old rookie Paul got the start against OKC and played a season-high 33 minutes.