Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday after the Spurs’ 129-81 win over the Suns that there is no timetable for Murray’s (ankle) return, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.
Murray seemed well on his way to a big night before his left leg buckled during a driving layup with five and a half minutes remaining in the second quarter. He remained in the game to shoot a pair a free throw before heading to the bench for the remainder of the evening, finishing with 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 13 minutes. Murray was later diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, but the severity of the injury might not be known until the Spurs have a chance to send him in for an MRI. At the moment, Murray is looking highly questionable — at best — for Saturday’s game against the Warriors. His absence for any length of time would open up more minutes at point guard for Tony Parker and Patty Mills.
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The team recently promoted Murray, the organization’s 2016 first round pick, to the starting lineup while moving veteran point guard Tony Parker into a backup role.
So far this season Murray has played in 56 games with 23 starts, averaging 6.9 points along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
San Antonio, as a club, usually is very cautious with bringing injured players back. A good example of that is star forward Kawhi Leonard who has played only nine of the Spurs’ 56 games thus far this season. At the same time, Rudy Gay continues to nurse right heel bursitis.
The team will have time to heal moving forward. After its game on Saturday versus the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio will have time off for the All-Star Game festivities.
On Saturday, in a game the Spurs lost to the Utah Jazz, Murray recorded his 500th career point. He became the first player for the Spurs since Leonard to reach 500 points or more as well as 300 or more rebounds during his first 100 games.
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