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Absurd stat proves Spurs’ DeMar Derozan was biggest victim of the play-in tournament

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DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs had their playoff hopes dashed in an instant against the Memphis Grizzlies.

In that contest, DeRozan led the Spurs in scoring with 20 points, tied along with Rudy Gay, but he did so on a brutal 5-for-21 shooting clip from the field.

But based on DeRozan’s playoff history, the Spurs star’s poor performance was to be expected. The 12-year NBA veteran has not started the NBA postseason off on the right foot in any of his seven appearances. But the worst part now is that in the play-in tournament, he only had one game to get his team over the hump.

The Spurs star hasn’t exactly been the best postseason performer, as his career shooting percentage drops from 46.0% in the regular season to 41.8% in the playoffs thus far. Clearly the figure is weighed down by his ugly first games, but then DeRozan has historically performed better after getting that one out of the way.

DeRozan is in his final year of his deal with the Spurs. This could more than likely be his last game as a San Antonio Spur barring a surprising contract renewal. The franchise seems headed for a much-needed youth movement. With the departure and eventual retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge earlier in the season, and DeRozan’s expiring deal, they get a chance to do just that.

DeMar was pressed by reporters on his potential future with the Spurs, but the four-time All-Star made it clear that he was not ready to talk about that just yet.

Whether he stays or go, DeMar DeRozan has brought his all during his time with the San Antonio Spurs.