San Antonio Spurs: 3 Things that stood out in thrilling OT win over Wizards

Apr 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles up the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles up the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) looks to shoots as Washington Wizards guard Garrison
Apr 26, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) looks to shoots as Washington Wizards guard Garrison

Dejounte Murray has career night rebounding for San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray has always been an above-average rebounder for his position. Ever since he came into the league he’s consistently shown a willingness to throw himself into the thick of things in order to come down with the ball. Frankly, it might be one of my favorite things about his game.

Impacts on the game aside, I get a twisted enjoyment out of watching Dejounte fly in and use his Inspector Gadget-like arms to rip boards away from players who might have as much as a six-inch height advantage on him. The fact that it sets him up to expertly run the fast break immediately after is just a bonus.

Dejounte Murray tonight:

25 PTS17 REB (career-high)5 AST3 STL

He is the first Spur to drop 25/15/3 since Tim Duncan in 2012. pic.twitter.com/HYIgBzaCkX

— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 27, 2021

After last night’s performance, Murray now ranks seventh among NBA guards in rebounds per game and fourth in total rebounds collected.

Murray has been one of the Spurs’ most exciting players all season long and has really been coming into his own as one of the most unique and well-rounded players in the NBA. He rebounds well, his playmaking has drastically improved, so has his three-point shot, and his defense is consistently at an All-Defensive Team level. What can’t this guy do?

I don’t necessarily want to see DeMar leave San Antonio this summer but I would be interested in seeing what kind of numbers DJ could put up if that happened. I’ve got a feeling he would rip off quite a few triple-doubles if he ever got the opportunity to take on an even larger role for the Spurs.

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