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Spurs: Derrick White expected to miss rest of season with ankle injury

Spurs guard Derrick White

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Derrick White #4 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on April 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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The Spurs have never missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

After having its 22-year playoff streak snapped last season, San Antonio (31-30, tied for eighth in the Western Conference) is right back in the postseason mix. The Spurs are probably headed for the play-in tournament.

But probably without Derrick White, who injured his ankle.

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

In his first season since signing a four-year, $73 million contract extension (which begins next season), White had been acclimating to a larger role.

But his progress keeps getting interrupted. He has already missed 25 games this season, mostly with a toe injury but also due to coronavirus.

San Antonio will miss him.

Spurs’ offensive/defensive/net ratings when the other starters (Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl) play…:

  • With White: 117.9/111.9/+6.0
  • Without White: 100.8/106.7/-5.9

Most of those White-less struggles came with Lonnie Walker and Patty Mills in the lineup. But San Antonio’s good guard depth provides another option in rookie Devin Vassell.

It’s on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to keep tinkering in search of a new winning formula – which isn’t the worst situation down the stretch.