The injury bug continues to bite the Spurs and the season has it even begun yet.
Now just two days after promising rookie Lonnie Walker IV tore his meniscus in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ preseason game against the Pistons, point guard Dejounte Murray has suffered a tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament, according to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright.
Torn right ACL for @DejounteMurray.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) October 8, 2018
The injury befell Murray happened during San Antonio’s preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
Since assuming the starting point guard job last season, Murray averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 21.5 minutes per contest. His proficiency on the defensive side of the ball made him a perfect Spurs fit and with his untapped potential, Murray seemed like a player that could be in the Spurs’ plan to remain competitive in the post Big 3 era.
Unfortunately those plans may have to be shelved for at least a year.
With Murray sidelined likely for the season, Patrick Mills will likely see most of the time at lead guard. Bryn Forbes and Derrick White will now be charged to raise their games.