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Spurs’ Dejounte Murray available Sunday against Heat

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray is available for Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Miami Heat after previously being listed as questionable, according to Project Spurs’ Paul Garcia:

Murray has been dealing with an illness in the past few days, but he will suit up as the Spurs prepare to host the Heat in San Antonio.

The 23-year-old has been a fairly steady starting option this season after missing all of the 2018-19 campaign due to a torn ACL. Murray is averaging 10.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals on just over 24 minutes per game through his first 36 appearances. He is coming off one of his better games of the season, in which he scored 13 points while adding 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

San Antonio continues to place faith in the youngster from Seattle, though personnel complications have seemed to stagnate his growth. Murray is not much of a shooter, and the Spurs lack perimeter scoring options when both he and DeMar DeRozan share the floor. However, Murray’s size and length make him one of San Antonio’s better defensive playmakers from the point guard position.

Murray has dealt with some more adversity this season, as he mourned the death of the man he called his “step dad” on Friday:

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This Was My Step Dad, This Was My Older Homie, This Was My Brother, This Was A Really Important Male In My Life Since I Was 12 Years Old. This Put A Hole In My Heart Forever Heavy Chevy. I Love You And I’m So Hurt, People Think We Just Entertainers But We Human Dealing With Real Life Problems On A Daily. I Got So Many Stories And So Much Stuff Ima Keep To Myself Forever. You Loved Me So Much You Just Wanted To Get Off Probation To Protect Me And Be By My Side At All Times Like The Old School Days, Shit You Even Risked Your Life Of Going Back To The Feds By Driving To LA For My Gday Because You Wanted To See Me So Bad. Man I’m Hurt Bro And I Ain’t Never Going To Ever Accept This Loss Until It’s My Time. We Talked About Starting A Foundation To Send All Our Babys To College And Don’t Even Worry About It Bro Cause Ima STAND ON THAT And Send All The Kids To College!!! 💯💔😪 #LongLiveHeavyChevy 🖤 #CrewInPeace🤘🏽 #PrayForMe🙏🏽

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The Spurs are certainly facing adversity of their own, having slipped to 10th in the Western Conference and facing the possibility of missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years.

San Antonio might still shake things up ahead of the February trade deadline, but Murray has likely cemented his status as a franchise building block. He will look to get the Spurs back on track with a win over the Heat on Sunday.