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Spurs’ Dejounte Murray injures knee; MRI coming Monday

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San Antonio Spurs’ Dejounte Murray, left, shoots as Miami Heat’s Briante Weber looks on during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-100. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


The San Antonio Spurs have bet big on Dejounte Murray — they made him the starting point guard last season, sending Tony Parker to the bench (at Parker’s urging), Murray made the NBA All-Defensive Team (second team), and there were expectations in San Antonio on how big a step forward this season.

Which is why this injury is scary — Murray’s knee buckled and he went down in the second quarter against the Rockets Saturday. His knee buckled as he drove the lane against James Harden in transition, and Murray was clearly in pain.

Hopefully, this is nothing serious.

Behind Murray, expect veteran Patty Mills to get a lot more run, as well as Bryn Forbes, but both of those are more score-first guards rather than table setters like Murray. They don’t have a player that fits as well behind him. Also, with Lonnie Walker IV also out, the guard depth in San Antonio is getting thin.