San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson had an ironically-slow buzzer-beater vs. the Utah Jazz, and it was as crafty as any shot he’s hit since returning.
When Kyle Anderson hurt his knee in early December, it potentially looked like a long-term situation for this San Antonio Spurs forward, given how much pain he appeared to be in. However, with a sprained left MCL, Anderson received a two-to-three week timetable to return, making it possible for him to come back before Christmas.
It was just that, as the UCLA product returned on Wednesday, Dec. 20 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. For the first time this season, he didn’t start, even with Kawhi Leonard‘s injury-management absence. Anderson recorded 5 points and 6 rebounds.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old played in the second of a back-to-back, unlike how head coach Gregg Popovich rolled out players that suffered multi-week (or multi-month) injuries. Anderson didn’t start, but he made a crafty and nickname-appropriate play to end the third quarter, when he hit a buzzer-beating layup. It was one of the slowest buzzer-beaters you will see in the 2017-18 season, as he slowly maneuvered his way to the hoop and hit a reverse layup.
It’s nickname-appropriate because Anderson was deemed “Slo-Mo,” due to his old-school, not-so-flashy style. This was on display in his six weeks of starting.
Anderson will continue to pull off these slow-motion plays and be a contributor off the bench. The starting experience only helped, as he continues to develop into a role player for this playoff-bound team. Let’s see what he does next.