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Dejounte Murray has been ruled out vs. Knicks

Spurs, Dejounte Murray

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray has been ruled out of his team’s game against the New York Knicks on Saturday night, per the NBA injury report.

Murray is listed out with an illness and for injury recovery.

Remember: during the preseason last year, Murray suffered a torn ACL and ended up missing the entire 2018-19 campaign, so the Spurs are naturally exercising some caution in bringing him along this season.

In the 14 games he has played this year, Murray is averaging 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals over 22.6 minutes per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Washington, was originally selected by San Antonio in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.

He played in 38 games during his rookie campaign, registering 3.4 points across 8.5 minutes a night in a limited role.

Then, the following year, Murray showed significant potential, as he appeared in 81 contests and made 48 starts, recording 8.1 points, 5.7 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals through 21.5 minutes per game while making 44.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and 70.9 percent of his foul shots.

Murray displayed his most promise on the defensive end, as he stamped his name among the best perimeter defenders in the league during his second season and was named a Second-Team All-Defender.

The Spurs are just 5-11 on the season and have lost eight games in a row, marking their longest losing streak since 1996. Most recently, San Antonio fell to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.