San Antonio Spurs anticipate that Derrick White should miss the rest of the season because of an ankle sprain

The San Antonio Spurs don’t expect beginning guard Derrick White back this season due to a sprained right ankle, coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday.

White was harmed in the Spurs’ success Monday in Washington. The fourth-year watch is averaging a career-best 15.4 points this season for San Antonio, which played 18 of its initial 19 games this season without White due to a toe injury.

“You can imagine his spirits are not high,” Popovich said.

San Antonio was at Miami on Wednesday night, losing 116-111.

White isn’t relied upon to require a medical procedure. Freshman gatekeeper Devin Vassell will have White’s spot in the beginning setup, Popovich said.

“When he gets minutes, he’s played well,” Popovich said of Vassell, who scored 11 points Wednesday night in his second start.

White has found the middle value of 10.8 points in 188 games over his four seasons in San Antonio. He has been the Spurs’ third-leading scorer this season behind DeMar DeRozan and Dejounte Murray.