Kyle Anderson Suffers Knee Injury During Spurs vs. Thunder

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 3:  Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 3, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson suffered a left medial knee sprain in Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the early indication is Anderson has an MCL strain. He will receive an MRI on Monday.

Anderson landed awkwardly in the third quarter while attempting a layup. Joffrey Lauvergne replaced him in the San Antonio lineup, and the Spurs confirmed Anderson will be out for the remainder of the game.

The 24-year-old is on pace to have a career year in the NBA, showcasing the all-around game that led San Antonio to select him with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Entering Sunday, Anderson was averaging 9.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He was also shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.

While Anderson isn't one of San Antonio's most important players, his absence further depletes what is already a shorthanded frontcourt with Kawhi Leonard yet to make his 2017-18 debut.

Rudy Gay is an obvious replacement for Anderson at small forward, but moving Gay into the starting lineup would mean needing somebody to step up off the bench to spell LaMarcus Aldridge at the 4. Lauvergne will likely be the biggest beneficiary in terms of playing time should Anderson's injury leave him out for an extended period of time.