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San Antonio Spurs roundup: Kawhi Leonard practices, Kyle Anderson injury

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 29: Kyle Anderson /

The latest San Antonio Spurs roundup follows Kawhi Leonard being closer to a return and a potentially-devastating injury for Kyle Anderson.

The San Antonio Spurs entered Sunday night’s game short-handed. Without LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Tony Parker, it was up to Danny Green, Pau Gasol, Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and other lesser-used Spurs to pick up the slack and take down the Oklahoma City Thunder’s “Big 3.”

Despite this, the Silver and Black made it a competitive game, even claiming the lead in the fourth quarter. However, Oklahoma City closed it out in the final few minutes, winning 90-87.

Following this game, there was plenty to take away. So, let’s look at the latest news, notes and headlines for the Spurs on Monday, Dec. 4.:

  • Ethan Farina recapped Sunday’s game. It was a strong effort from the young Spurs, but not enough to overcome in the fourth quarter.
  • Adding to the loss, Kyle Anderson injured his left knee in the third quarter. He clutched at it and looked to be in pain, placing no pressure on his left leg. Teammates assisted him off the court. As of this writing, it was diagnosed as an MCL strain, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There will be an MRI on Monday.

Sources: Early indications on San Antonio forward Kyle Anderson's left knee: An MCL strain. MRI on Monday will provide more clarity.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2017

  • Here’s something positive. Jabari Young posted a video of Kawhi Leonard practicing before Sunday’s game. Could he return for Monday’s tilt at home?

More from OKC… Kawhi working out #Spurs

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) December 3, 2017

  • Joffrey Lauvergne suffered a gruesome, dislocated finger during the Thunder game, which likely surfaced on social media. As for head coach Gregg Popovich’s reaction, he cringed.

Asked about Joffrey Lauvergne’s dislocated finger, Popovich admitted he couldn’t look #Spurs

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) December 4, 2017

  • Prior to the OKC game, Pounding the Rock previewed the daunting five-games-in-seven-nights stretch for the Spurs. It continues on Monday, with a game against the Detroit Pistons.

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That’s it for Monday’s Spurs roundup. Let’s see what develops after the Pistons game, and if Leonard returns to the court.