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San Antonio Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne’s injury timetable updated

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 8: Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the preseason game on October 8, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 8: Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the preseason game on October 8, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich updated Joffrey Lauvergne’s injury timetable.

Against the Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs center Joffrey Lauvergne suffered a sprained right ankle. He hasn’t played in the four games since, which the Spurs have gone 1-3 in.

Before Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich updated Lauvergne’s injury timetable. Via Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-NewsPopovich said it could be “4 or 5, 6 days.”

Lauvergne was the first of the three injured San Antonio players to receive a timetable. Kawhi Leonard (quad) and Tony Parker (quad) remain without one.

Pop said Lauvergne’s ankle sprain was more severe than he initially thought and he could be out another “4 or 5, 6 days.” #Spurs

— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) November 2, 2017

If it’s the full 6 days, that puts Lauvergne out against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 3, Phoenix Suns on Nov. 5, and the Los Angels Clippers on Nov. 7. The Warriors game marked the fourth consecutive game he missed, so the total could rise to seven.

The Spurs signed Lauvergne in the offseason to be the backup center. He joined on a two-year deal for the minimum salary, replacing the departed Dewayne Dedmon.

While the Frenchman has been out, the Spurs utilized more small-ball lineups. It’s with Rudy Gay as the power forward, a role he rarely played in the first 11 years of his career. In non-small-ball lineups, Pau Gasol picked up extra minutes.

When Lauvergne returns, he should return to his backup role and ease pressure off the Spurs’ big men. Look for 10-15 minutes per game from him.

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In three games, the fourth-year pro averaged 6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. He’s played between 13 and 17 minutes.

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