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San Antonio Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne nearing return for Mavericks game

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SAN ANTONIO,TX - OCTOBER 8: Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs blocks out Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on October 8, 2017 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. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - OCTOBER 8: Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs blocks out Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on October 8, 2017 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. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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Joffrey Lauvergne will return soon for the San Antonio Spurs. To prep, he practiced the now famous Boris Diaw half-court shot.

The San Antonio Spurs have missed Joffrey Lauvergne for the majority of the 2017-18 season. He went down in Game 3, versus the Miami Heat, with a sprained ankle and has not played since. He, among other injured players, have left the Spurs shorthanded.

As noted by News4SanAntonio.com, Lauvergne may return for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs listed him as “questionable” for the first time since suffering the injury, so it indeed looks like he’s close to a comeback.

On Monday, Lauvergne posted a video of him on the court, seemingly moving well. However, it was to jokingly mimic former Spur Boris Diaw’s recent half-court shot, that resulted in a game-winner for his French team.

https://twitter.com/1JOLOLO/status/930098782624239621

Did Lauvergne come close? Let’s look at the original footage of Diaw’s shot:

The enormous BORIS DIAW with the BUZZER BEATER FOR THE WIN

pic.twitter.com/xC5yke0JMp

— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) November 11, 2017

Well, it’s not exactly “close” but Lauvergne gave his best effort.

Aside from the tomfoolery, if the Frenchman returns on Tuesday, he’ll strengthen a team that’s already without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Derrick White. Danny Green is even questionable, so the extra body would help take the pressure off others.

In three appearances this season, Lauvergne averaged 6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 15.7 minutes. He handled the backup center and power forward role to Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, respectively, and should return to this spot. Whether his statistical averages remain similar will be interesting to see, as Rudy Gay has emerged as a stretch four. However, with the lack of big men on the roster, look for the fourth-year pro to not find an issue getting minutes.

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The Spurs will face the Mavericks on Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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