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San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson out 2-3 weeks with sprained MCL

By Rob Wolkenbrod
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends against Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson will miss two to three weeks with a sprained MCL, according to ESPN.

During the third quarter of Sunday’s game, San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson suffered an apparent knee injury. It happened as he attempted to drive to the basket, being stepped on and hyperextending his knee. Teammates carried the fourth-year pro off the court, as he couldn’t put pressure on his left leg. An MRI was set for Monday.

Well, the results came in. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Anderson suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee. He will miss two to three weeks.

Given how much pain Anderson appeared to be in, this may be considered a break for him and the Spurs. The injury had the potential to be worse. Potentially worse ligament damage that would put him out for a longer period.

While the UCLA product sits out, it may be an opening for Kawhi Leonard to make his season debut. The Spurs ruled him out for Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, but he’s in the “last steps” of the rehab process, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

Rudy Gay (sore right heel) and Joffrey Lauvergne (right middle mallet finger) are probable for tonight’s Spurs-Pistons game.

Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain) and Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) are out. pic.twitter.com/JxM5ZLF0ft

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Upon return, Leonard should enter the starting lineup at small forward. In the meantime, someone will take over this vacant spot.

Rudy Gay may be an option. He’s worked off the bench for the first quarter of the season but, as a temporary replacement, he can work to make up for the scoring.

Popovich can choose to go small, and put Bryn Forbes or Brandon Paul at shooting guard, moving Danny Green to the three spot. Either one could receive a multi-game stint as a starter before Leonard potentially returns soon.

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The Spurs return to the court to face the Pistons at 8:30 p.m. ET on FSSW and FSDT. Stay tuned for coverage after the game.

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