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San Antonio Spurs: Pop gives encouraging update on Derrick White

SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Derrick White #4 of the San Antonio Spurs look on during a pre-season game against the Miami Heat on September 30, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Derrick White #4 of the San Antonio Spurs look on during a pre-season game against the Miami Heat on September 30, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs thought the sky was falling when the Derrick White injury news was announced this morning, but Pop gave us some potentially good news.

After a promising performance in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Hawks, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich announced that new starting point guard Derrick White was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks due to a left plantar fascia tear.

White had just dropped 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting as a starter in Atlanta with six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 29 minutes.

Spurs fans were starting to think that he could fill in admirably while Dejounte Murray recovers from a torn ACL.

The original prognosis seemed dark, but Popovich has updated his comments saying White may only miss two-to-four weeks according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

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That is obviously a much brighter outlook than Pop provided this morning, and it gives San Antonio some hope that White can return to the floor soon.

I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, which would keep the second-year guard out for four-to-six weeks. That is much more manageable than the two months he was originally expected to miss.

Even with some newfound optimism, the Spurs should take a look at bringing in another point guard.

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It seems like White’s status is changing by the minute, so stay tuned to see how his recovery comes along over the next couple of weeks.

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