5 Takeaways That Show Spurs Aren't Far Off From Contending

Jonah Kubicek
Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs
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Lonnie Walker, Brandon Clarke
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3. Lonnie Walker is Undiagnosable 

There has been recent speculation that Lonnie Walker’s time in the Silver and Black may be coming to an end. In Monday’s loss, he showed why that should be the case while also showing he is worthy of a big-time contract extension. 

Lonnie Walker played 20 minutes and only turned the ball over twice, but one was a throwaway pass looking for Murray and the other was simply losing the dribble on a fastbreak. Both of those showed why the NBA might not be a viable career for the young guard, but his 4/8 shooting and 2/5 from deep both help his case. So do his three slick assists.

Late in the game, Lonnie was running the break when he seemingly kicked the ball out of his own hands and gave up possession, resulting in a pretty awesome fast-break dunk. At this point, I was ready for Lonnie to sit down, but within seconds, he knocked down a deep three with Desmond Bane closing out on him. Walker then scored two more baskets before sitting down.

His stat line in the game was nothing particularly special, but the way he recovered from his boneheaded plays gives me hope that he is slowly getting out of whatever headspace has been producing his disappointing play. If he can get his shot going and make smarter plays off the dribble, he could still be the sixth man going forward. 

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