The San Antonio Spurs have officially missed the NBA playoffs for the second year in a row. Dejounte Murray and Co. were outlasted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in tournament, 100-96.
After the loss, the Spurs’ 5th-year guard sent out a heartfelt message to fans after the tumultuous year for the Silver and Black.
“All These Ups And Downs Are All Apart Of The Journey. These L’s Are All LESSONS And Never Losses And I’m Just Excited For What’s To Come. Thank God For Allowing Me To Make It Through A Full Season Healthy With No Setbacks Heading Into A Monster Off Season Where I Will Take My Game To A Big Time LEVEL And I Can’t Wait To Come Back Next Season Bigger And Better In All Aspects Of My Game. Thank You To All Spurs Fans And Fans In General Who Believes In Me And Want To See Nothing Less Than Greatness From Me!!!”
– Dejounte Murray to Spurs fans (via Instagram)
Murray had a brutal shooting night against the Grizzlies. He made just four out of his 17 attempts from the field, going 0-for-3 from distance. With his shot not falling, Murray contributed in other ways as he finished with a triple-double line of 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
His triple-double was actually his fifth of the season, which tied a Spurs franchise record set by the Admiral himself, David Robinson.
Dejounte Murray ties David Robinson’s franchise record of most triple-doubles (5) in a signle season pic.twitter.com/4oSU33JeSA
— Spurs Nation (@SpursNationCP) May 20, 2021
The Spurs still have Murray locked up to a reasonable deal for three more years, extending up until the 2023-24 season. If he can find a way to up his game to the next level, his 4-year, $64 million extension will become an absolute steal.
He’ll have his opportunities too, as the Spurs organization seems to be headed towards a full-on youth movement and rebuild. San Antonio entered the season with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan as their focal points. But with Aldridge now retired and DeRozan’s future up in the air, guys like Murray have a chance to take the reins.