White (heel) may only miss two-to-four weeks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
White's original timetable was six-to-eight weeks, so this updated timetable provided by coach Gregg Popovich is encouraging. It's not clear what has caused the change. Still, the safe bet is probably to assume White will miss amount a month of action.
White has been diagnosed with a left plantar fascia tear and is ruled out for 6-to-8 weeks, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
This is brutal news for the Spurs, as the team has already lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray for the season to a torn ACL, and now, just as it was announced that White would take on the starting role, he suffers a heel injury that could keep him out for up to two months. Veteran point guard Patty Mills has expressed that he prefers coming off the bench, so it's now likely that San Antonio will look to acquire a veteran point guard to shore up the depth at the position. Regardless of the Spurs' next move, Mills, given that he has been in head coach Gregg Popvich's system for so long, will still likely see majority of the minutes at point guard while White is out.
With Dejounte Murray (knee) done for the season, head coach Gregg Popovich has already confirmed White will open the season as the team's starting point guard. As a result, there's no reason to have White try and push through an injury in a meaningless preseason game. The fact that it appears to just be some minor soreness provides some optimism that White shouldn't miss much more time, so expect him to be a full go for the regular-season opener Oct. 17 against Minnesota.
With Dejounte Murray going down with a torn ACL over the weekend, it was White that picked up the start in the first preseason game following the devastating news. White wound up posting 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in an impressive all-around effort. Following that showing, coach Popovich sang his praises and said, "We're going with him. He's our guy." With a starting role on tap, White has now jumped into fantasy relevance and is likely a guy that can be considered in the later rounds of drafts despite his inexperience.
White went for 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 130-127 loss to the Hawks.
White played well while stepping into the starting lineup in place of Dejounte Murray (knee), who is out for the season. White's size and versatility on both ends makes him a worthy add in most (if not all) fantasy leagues, though it may be wise to temper expectations given his lack of experience and the team's depth.
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