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Player Grades from Spurs' Play-In Loss to Pelicans

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The 10-seed San Antonio Spurs fell to the ninth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Play-In Tournament on Wednesday night, 113-103.

After being outplayed for three quarters, the Spurs found themselves down 21 with less than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. San Antonio would rip off a 16-1 run to pull within six points of New Orleans, but their valiant effort ultimately fell short.

It was a bitter end to a subpar but largely encouraging season in the Alamo City. After unloading their veteran players last summer, the young Spurs overachieved and showed that there's more than enough reason to be excited about this team going forward.

Let's take a look at the individual performances from Wednesday night and break down how the guys in Silver and Black fared.

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Dejounte Murray

Unfortunately for the Spurs' franchise player, the season didn't end according to plan. After missing five games with an upper respiratory illness, Dejounte Murray rejoined the team on the court for the regular season finale, giving him just a few short days to be ready for their biggest game of the year.

Murray publicly stated that the illness made him feel awful and that he had lost seven to eight pounds in his recovery. It was an unfortunate circumstance that just so happened to come at the worst possible time for the Spurs.

Dejounte finished his outing against the Pelicans with 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. While those numbers are far from awful, he struggled shooting the ball, and it's hard to imagine his impact wouldn't have been different if not for an untimely sickness.

Murray also had to deal with foul trouble in this one, which forced him to scale back his aggression at times and further impeded his ability to get into a rhythm offensively.

Grade: B -

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