Spurs: 3 Silver Linings in Close Loss to Bulls

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2. Despite Murray's 'Off' Night Was Still Pretty Good

Dejounte Murray has solidified himself as a top-three point guard since his NBA All-Star selection, and the fact that his “off night” was a 19 point double-double with two steals shows just how elite he is. The fact he posted two turnovers surprised me, as I have become accustomed to him only racking up one at most.

To put his game into context, Murray has played in 51 games this season for the Silver and Black. He put up 19 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds in Monday’s loss. In his 51 games, he has only scored 19 or fewer points 22 times, or only 43% of his games. In those 19 games, he has posted more than 17 combined assists and rebounds 11 times, meaning you could make the case Monday was one of his top-ten worst games of the season, despite putting up 19 points and racking up double-digit assists. 

To contextualize this even more, there have been only 86 games this season where a player has scored at least 19 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds. Murray has done this 12 times. If we take his season averages of 20/9/8/2 steals, which he has averaged over 51 games, we find that a stat line that good or better has only been posted 56 times this season, and 11 times by Murray, meaning he alone accounts for over 20% of those games.

There are roughly 530 players under payroll on all the NBA teams, and Murray has done what well over 500 of them have never done 11 times. So a bad game for Murray would be a career game for most of the league.