The San Antonio Spurs continued the theme of the 2017-18 season by losing another player to an injury. This time, it was Dejounte Murray vs. the Phoenix Suns.
The San Antonio Spurs have faced injury issues for most of the 2017-18 season. It started with Tony Parker’s quadriceps rehab, which started after he tore it during the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Kawhi Leonard followed with his own quad ailment and missed the first two months of the season, and has since played in just nine games. Add in Rudy Gay, Danny Green, Pau Gasol, Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili, and it has been a long year of players on the injury report.
Well, during Wednesday night’s game vs. the Phoenix Suns, another player was added. This saw point guard Dejounte Murray sprain his left ankle, on a move to the basket, landing awkwardly and remaining down for a few minutes. He shot the ensuing free throw from the foul and left the game.
Afterward, the Spurs announced Murray (sprained left ankle) will not return vs. the Suns:
Dejounte Murray (sprained left ankle) will not return to tonight's game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 8, 2018
With the lopsided score for most of this game, there was no reason to risk Murray’s health. The team can rest him on Thursday and Friday, both of which are days off, and re-evaluate him for Saturday’s game vs. the Golden State Warriors.
Without Murray, Tony Parker should see more minutes, much like he did the rest of the ways vs. Phoenix. He recently lost the starting point guard job to the second-year pro. So, if the Spurs play it conservatively, the Frenchman could move back into the starting lineup on Saturday night.
It should be a situation that develops into Thursday and the weekend, as San Antonio sorts out if Murray can play and what kind of rotation changes need to be made. Let’s see what gets revealed in the injury report.