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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich looking to increase Dejounte Murray’s load after 10 games


The San Antonio Spurs could be looking to increase Dejounte Murray’s workload at some point in the next few games. According to head coach Gregg Popovich, the point guard could start receiving five-to-six more minutes a night once he gets past the 10-game mark, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

Murray has played really well through his first three games, leading the Spurs to a 3-0 record and being plenty aggressive during his time on the court. The 23-year-old has played 24, 23, and 22 minutes in his first three games after missing the entire 2018-19 season with a torn ACL, which he suffered in the preseason.

Prior to that, Murray burst into the scene as an athletic, do-it-all dynamic point guard, earning the vote of confidence from Popovich and the staff with increased playing time, and ultimately was handed the baton by former point guard Tony Parker, who recently retired after a year with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Spurs look a lot more put together with Murray in the lineup, and could look even better now that Murray could shed his minutes limitation within the next couple of weeks. Adding five-to-six minutes per game would put him right under or at the 30-minute mark, which should be healthy enough for him to still produce in bunches, the way he has been this season.

Murray is averaging 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.0 steals through the early get-go, bringing a very different dimension to the Spurs’ game.