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San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson suffers potential knee injury vs. Thunder

By Rob Wolkenbrod
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 29: Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs is seen during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 29, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 29: Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs is seen during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 29, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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During the third quarter of Sunday night’s game, San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson appeared to injure his knee.

Kyle Anderson was one of the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup staples in the first quarter of the season. He filled in for Kawhi Leonard, who had not played due to an injured quad. These 22 games were an opportunity for Anderson to shine, delivering 9.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, all of which marked career-highs.

However, the UCLA product’s situation took a left turn.

During the third quarter of Sunday’s game, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anderson appeared to injure his left knee. As he attempted to drive to the basket, a Thunder player stepped on his ankle, causing the left knee to hyperextend. The fourth-year pro couldn’t put weight on his left leg, as teammates helped him to the locker room.

Gotta hope Kyle Anderson is cool. Having a great season for #Spurs ..

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) December 4, 2017

An unfortunate situation for Anderson, and for a team that just started to get healthy. Tony Parker returned six days ago, while Kawhi Leonard nears a return. Derrick White even returned from a fractured wrist on Sunday evening.

As for who steps up, maybe it’s Leonard, if he’s back for Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. It takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET, at the AT&T Center. Brandon Paul is another option, who can play the two-guard spot and stretch the floor. Count Rudy Gay as another potential benefactor, too, as both play the three.

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Either way, it’s a developing scenario for Anderson and the Spurs. We’ll see what the latest is on him, and how severe this ailment may be.

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