Spurs center Jakob Poeltl strains MCL, out 2-4 weeks
The Spurs have made the playoffs 22 straight seasons – tied for the longest postseason streak in NBA history.
San Antonio faces long odds of topping the 1950-1971 Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers. The Spurs are four games and four teams out of playoff position in the Western Conference.
Now, San Antonio loses backup center Jakob Poeltl.
What an unusual and relatively pleasant way to get an injury update. It’s nice to hear straight from a player about his own health.
LaMarcus Aldridge is also banged up. So, the Spurs have gone small with Drew Eubanks or Rudy Gay at center.
Poeltl is a good defender. He just fits terribly with DeMar DeRozan, because neither spreads the floor by shooting 3-pointers. With DeRozan serving as San Antonio’s go-to scorer, Poeltl had received a limited role. But he’d been productive in that role, and now the Spurs lose that.