The San Antonio Spurs fell to the Portland Trail Blazers this past Wednesday with a final score of 128-112, led by Keldon Johnson's 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists in his 32 minutes of action. Despite only hitting 1 of his 3 shots from beyond the arc, Johnson's overall improved play appears to be continuing ever since finding his footing in the Spurs' recent win streak. Meanwhile, Romeo Langford and Zach Collins sat out after getting banged up at home against the Cavaliers, while Jakob Poeltl continues to be sidelined with a bone bruise.
Spurs rookie guard Blake Wesley has also been out of the lineup since going down with a torn MCL on October 30 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to recent reports, however, Wesley is finally eyeing his return to action in the coming days.
First reported by the San Antonio Express News' Jeff McDonald just over a week ago, Wesley returned to 3-on-3 play with contact just over 5 weeks after first sustaining his injury. Roughly one week later, before the Spurs' matchup against the Trail Blazers, it was reported that both Wesley and Malachi Branham were being assigned to the Austin Spurs. Despite Wesley being listed as 'out' for the Austin Spurs' latest game, all signs were pointing toward a looming return for the rookie guard.
Those suspicions were confirmed this past Wednesday, as the Express-News' Tom Orsborn reported that Wesley would be traveling with the Austin Spurs to face the Mexico City Capitanes while the Spurs face the Miami Heat in their Mexico City game. His return will come nearly 7 weeks to the day after first being sidelined in Minnesota.
Wesley only managed to play one full regular-season game before going down in the 2nd quarter against the Timberwolves, but fans got a significant taste of how good the rookie could be for the ballclub in his first outing against the Chicago Bulls. In only 15 minutes, Wesley racked up 10 points and 4 assists, knowcking down 2 of his 3 three-point shots.
Be sure to catch the rookie's first game back in action this coming Friday at 7:00 PM CST.