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Blake Wesley out six-to-eight weeks after tearing left MCL

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Blake Wesley #14 of the San Antonio Spurs confers with head coach Gregg Popovich during game against the Chicago Bulls in the first half at AT&T Center on October 28, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

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Blake Wesley only played eight minutes during Sunday’s win over the Timberwolves before exiting with a left knee injury. He walked off on his own power, so the initial outlook was positive. However, after further examination, Wesley was diagnosed with a torn left MCL and will be sidelined for at least the next six-to-eight weeks, according to a report from ND Insider’s Tom Noie.

Wesley bumped knees with Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniels, which caused the injury. X-rays on Sunday didn’t show any damage, but an MRI on Monday revealed the injury.

Wesley was the 25th pick in the draft this past summer. He was one of three first-round picks made by the Spurs, joining Jeremy Sochan and Malaki Branham.

Making his NBA debut on October 28th, Wesley played 15 minutes, finishing with 10 points and four assists. Minnesota was just the second game of Wesley’s career, which makes it all the more unfortunate that he went down.

Gregg Popovich described Wesley as “fearless” and that joining the rotation “didn’t faze him at all.” This should be an encouraging sign that he’ll be able to attack his rehab process and be able to return to full strength.