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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Spookiest stats of the first 5 games

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4. Derrick White - 42.1% FG, 28% from 3, 12.4 PPG

It's safe to say Derrick White has not had a great start to the 2022 season. While he's still playing excellent defense, his numbers are down pretty much across the board offensively. If he's going to maintain his role as one of the team's best two-way players, that second part is going to have to change.

White has missed 18 of his first 25 attempts from the 3-point line this season and many of them have been wide open. I don't think anyone could've expected that Jakob Poeltl would have more points than him through five games.

Derrick is continuing to launch threes at a rate of five per game, which is exactly what this team needs. But they also need him to make some.

The early slump is concerning, but I think White is too talented on both ends of the floor not to snap out of it soon. Hopefully, upcoming games against opponents that aren't title favorites will help him get things going.

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5. Spurs' 61.9 Offensive rating in the clutch

The Spurs not knowing how to close out games was extremely predictable heading into the season. Still, that hasn't made repeated instances of that happening any less frustrating. A look into NBA.com's clutch statistics shows San Antonio is among the worst in the league at executing offensively when the game is close in the final five minutes.

Going 0-4 in such games, the Spurs have the fourth-worst offensive rating in the clutch when the game is up for grabs. So far, Dejounte Murray has been the main option for the Spurs overall and in crunch time. Unfortunately, he's 1-for-7 from the field and 0-for-2 from the line in those scenarios.

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The good news for the Spurs is they can't get much worse when the game is on the line. These are all very valuable learning experiences, as annoying as they might be.

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