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Spurs: Addressing 5 Unanswered Questions Through 1st Quarter of Season

Gregg Popovich, Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White
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5. Who will emerge as the Spurs' long-term closer?

One month ago, I was ready to anoint Dejounte Murray as the team's new closer after some clutch performances. While the data still supports that being the case, Derrick White is at least making a case for himself lately.

Through 22 games played, the Spurs have had 12 games come down to the wire, meaning the score is within five points with five or less minutes remaining. While they're still struggling to come out on top in those games, they're still getting some nice performances from their backcourt.

Murray is shooting 12-for-26 for 28 points in clutch situations and has added nine assists, nine rebounds, and five steals. He also has just one turnover, but his free throw shooting has taken a hit in these situations, as he's made just four of his eight attempts.

Meanwhile, White has scored 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting in crunch time and has made 5-of-6 free throws with the game in the balance. He's also avoided turning the ball over at all while also dishing out three assists and pulling down two boards.

Derrick has taken a while to get into his groove, and he's still trying to find consistency, but he and Dejounte need to be the go-to guys down the stretch for San Antonio given their offensive skill set. While Keldon's 11 points and seven boards in clutch time are also impressive, he doesn't have the offensive repertoire the other two do.

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If Murray and White can both establish themselves as clutch players, it would be the best case scenario for Spurs fans. Early data shows they're both capable of doing just that.