Dejounte Murray to Have MRI Scan on Right KneeBy Connor Lynch
San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray will have an MRI scan on Monday, following an injury against the Rockets.
Dejounte Murray sustained an injury to his right knee during the 108 – 93 preseason defeat to the Houston Rockets. He left the court during the second quarter and didn’t return.
“He’s our starting PG, and he’s worked hard over the summer to get better, and I think it was showing,” said Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
”You just feel for him because he’s worked so hard to be ready for this season.”
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Dejounte Murray took over from future Hall of Famer Tony Parker as the Spurs’ starting point guard last season. He began training camp with high expectations after an encouraging season.
The 22 year old averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 2017 – 2018. As well as that, he shot 44.3% from the floor.
Murray also starred in San Antonio’s first round series against the Golden State Warriors in the postseason. He averaged 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a steal.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is confident in Murray’s ability to rise to Tony Parker’s level.
“He really wants to be good. He really wants to be to the team what Tony was to the team,” he said.
“I’m confident he’ll do that as time goes on. But if he watched that much film all summer, it will help give him a picture. But the improvement is really made out on the court, when somebody’s in front of you and trying to keep you from doing what you want to do. That’s how you get better. But he’s up for the challenge. We’re going to let him run and take advantage of his athleticism. People will have to respond to that. Other players are going to have to run like they’ve never run before, because he’s going to go. If they want to get the ball, they’re going to have to run with him.”