The San Antonio Spurs are expecting a breakout year from Dejounte Murray, but it has started on the wrong foot with a preseason knee injury.
The San Antonio Spurs have a core of exciting young guards, but two of them have already suffered injuries this preseason.
Rookie guard Lonnie Walker will be out for the next six-to-eight weeks with a torn meniscus that will require surgery.
And Dejounte Murray also suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s exhibition game against the Rockets.
The third-year point guard twisted his lower leg and was unable to return to the game over the weekend. He was able to walk off the floor under his own power, but Murray was in a noticeable amount of pain as he left the court.
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ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that Murray will undergo an MRI on Monday, and the Spurs will know the extent of the injury once those results are in.
The former Washington Husky was expected to become a full-time starter this season after the exodus of Tony Parker, and the organization was excited about his development heading into his third year.
It’s always tough to see key players go down in meaningless preseason games, especially promising young pieces like Murray and Walker.
Fortunately, the Spurs are pretty deep at the guard positions and could probably withstand some attrition if Murray has to miss some time.
Patty Mills could see an increase in playing time if Murray is on the sidelines, and we could even see some significant minutes from Derrick White in Murray’s absence.
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Hopefully Monday’s MRI provides some good news for Spurs fans after a frustrating week of injuries.