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Spurs’ Derrick White fractures toe, return to lineup unknown

White injured in season debut vs. Lakers

San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White walks up the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White walks up the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs’ early-season woes just got worse.

On Monday evening, San Antonio announced that guard Derrick White has suffered a fracture of his left second toe.

The injury occurred at the 3:33 mark in the second quarter of the Spurs-Lakers game on Jan. 1. On the play, White drove hard to the basket, but his shot was blocked against the backboard by Marc Gasol. He tumbled to the floor awkwardly and was slow to get up. After Anthony Davis scored on the other end, the Spurs called a timeout and removed White from the game. He returned with 5:21 left to play in the third quarter, left again for a brief spell early in the fourth, but played the final nine minutes.

The game marked White’s season debut after he signed a four-year extension this offseason. He scored nine points in 23 minutes of game action.

The Spurs medical staff and Dr. Martin O’Malley, who performed surgery on White’s left foot in August 2020, have confirmed this fracture is a new injury. White missed all the preseason and the first four games of the regular season while rehabbing a similar injury. The Spurs did not give a timetable for his return or the treatment plan moving forward.

Over the past few seasons, White has developed into one of the Spurs’ most consistent 2-way players. He averaged nearly 19 points, five assists and four rebounds per game during San Antonio’s eight-game stint in the NBA bubble.

San Antonio (2-4) will begin a five-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers (5-2). Tip off at the Staples Center is scheduled for 9 p.m.


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