By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The San Antonio Spurs suffered a tough blow on Monday. Guard Dejounte Murray, who was supposed to be the team’s starting point guard, suffered a torn ACL injury after undergoing an MRI.
He was injured on Sunday with just two minutes and 47 seconds left in the second quarter of the preseason game with the Houston Rockets. No time frame has been announced for his return, but he could miss the entire season.
Murray was going to the basket against James Harden when he fell to the ground. He was immediately in pain under the basket. He eventually, though, made it to the locker room on his own power.
According to MedicineNet, Murray could be sidelined for as long as six-to-nine months before he will be able to return to full activities. The first three weeks after surgery will be concentrated on gradually increasing his knee range of motion in a controlled way.
Last season, Murray averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He also shot 44.3% from the field.
This is the second Spurs player in two days that the team announced would be an extended period of time. The team announced rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV would have surgery to repair a right medial meniscus tear.
Now, with Murray on the sidelines, Patty Mills is expected to start. Veteran Tony Parker, who spent his entire career with the team until this off-season, signed with the Charlotte Hornets, so he is no longer an option.
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