San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson suffered a left medial knee sprain in Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced. Kyle Anderson went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Spurs’ game against the Thunder. It didn’t look good, as Anderson’s knee appeared to twist and he went down screaming in pain.
The 24-year-old is on pace to have a career year in the NBA, showcasing the all-around game that led San Antonio to select him with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 draft.
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Entering Sunday, Anderson was averaging 9.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He was also shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. The 24-year-old Spurs forward had undergone x-rays that came back negative.
The injury could lead to Spurs head coach Greg Popovich to consider putting veteran forward Rudy Gay in the starting lineup moving forward. Gay has been relegated to bench duties averaging 12.0 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field with 5.0 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per contest in 21 games played.
“This has been a good opportunity for him,” [Gregg] Popovich said before the game. “He has a high basketball IQ and does a lot of things well. He’s not what you’d call a typical NBA athlete. He just has a really high basketball IQ and that helps a team.”
The Spurs are entering a stretch where they’ll play four games in six days, so the team will likely remain cautious with Anderson, and he should be considered questionable-at-best to play in Monday’s game against the Pistons.
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