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Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan reacts to NBA admitting refs missed key call in loss to Grizzlies

DeMar DeRozan

The San Antonio Spurs suffered a rough home loss to the lowly Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, a loss that was marred by a late no-call on Grizzlies big man Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas appeared to foul Spurs wing DeMar DeRozan late in the game, but no whistle was blown.

The no-call ended up playing a rather pivotal role in San Antonio’s 113-109 defeat, and afterward, the NBA admitted that the officials did, in fact, miss that call.

But that doesn’t help DeRozan or the Spurs now. As a matter of fact, DeRozan said it made him feel worse and added that he wished “they just wouldn’t say anything,” according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News.

DeRozan finished with a season-low 12 points in the loss, going 6-of-15 from the floor and missing his only free-throw attempt.

In 10 games this year, the 30-year-old is averaging 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists over 33.2 minutes per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line. He has yet to make a three-pointer.

The Spurs initially acquired DeRozan during the summer of 2017, receiving him as part of a return of blockbuster trade that sent superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.

During his first season in San Antonio, DeRozan played in 77 contests and registered 21.2 points, 6.2 assists, six boards and 1.1 steals across 34.9 minutes a night while making 48.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 15.6 percent of his three-point tries and 83 percent of his foul shots.

DeRozan spent the first nine years of his NBA career with the Raptors, earning four All-Star selections.