The San Antonio Spurs have announced Luka Samanic fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during their matchup with Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening.
Luka Samanic has fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand.— Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro) May 13, 2021
(Per Spurs PR)
The second-year forward suffered this injury after James Harden swiped down at the basketball when Samanic drove into the paint with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter.
Here's the play where Luka Samanic fractures the fourth metacarpal in his left hand: pic.twitter.com/H4FzfCtw7k— Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro) May 13, 2021
Although the organization hasn’t provided a timetable for his return, the typical recovery time for this injury ranges from six to eight weeks, which likely means Luka won’t suit up again until next season.
The former 19th overall pick made 33 appearances for the Silver and Black in his second go-round, starting a career-high four contests and averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game on 44.8% shooting from the field.
Samanic also provided a shorthanded San Antonio squad with a much-needed boost before the All-Star Break after returning from a successful stint as the go-to option for the Austin Spurs in the G-League Bubble.
Despite never establishing himself within head coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation, the 21-year-old flashed a diverse package of guard skills rarely seen from someone of size, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he eared a more-defined role in San Antonio next season.