The San Antonio are in a bit of a hole in their battle against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Spurs were blown out in Game 1, and then lost Tony Parker, despite winning Game 2. Now, without their floor general, the Spurs are about to sail into unchartered waters. Rookie guard Dejounte Murray replaces Tony Parker in the starting lineup tonight.
It was obvious Murray would get minutes when it was announced that Parker was done for the rest of the playoffs. But, it’s a bit of a surprise that he will start. Patty Mills seems like the more obvious choice to start. However, Spurs’ head coach Greg Popovich has other ideas.
Murray, a 2016 1st-Round pick (29th selection) from Washington, is thought to one day be Parker’s successor at the point. But, no one thought that day could come this soon.
The 6’5″ athletic, but slender guard played in 38 games this season, averaging 3.4 points per game. His season high of 24 points came in January in a win over the Nuggets.
Murray, 20, has a tough task ahead of him, starting a playoff game at such a young age. But, with veterans like Kawhi Leonard and many others around him, he may not have to do much.
One things for sure, the Rockets can’t take the Spurs for granted. The NBA’s best franchise isn’t that for nothing. Sure, Dejounte Murray replaces Tony Parker, but the rest of cast remains same….