For a stretch from the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter until there were one-and-a-half minutes left, Dejounte Murray was the only Spurs player to score. Normally 16 points in a row for a single player is really good, but over that long of a stretch, it becomes less “wow that guy took over the game” and becomes more “where were his teammates and why weren’t they giving him some help?”.
Hopefully, Spurs fans are willing to get used to such heroics from Murray, because he appears to be, from my vantage point, the future of the franchise. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are good/great players, but they’re not exactly spring chickens anymore. They’ll probably stick around for a few more years, but then what? By then, hopefully, Murray will be ready to lead the team to the promised land.
Or, he won’t be ready and remain a high-energy mainly-defense role-player, and Spurs fans will have to live with a team that is only mediocre and doesn’t have much hope for the future. I don’t know how that fanbase would deal with something like that, but if we want answers, we can just look towards Oklahoma City for an example.