Spurs starter Dejounte Murray suffers torn ACL

The NBA season hasn’t started yet and the first season-ending injury has already happened.

The San Antonio Spurs confirmed that their young point guard, Dejounte Murray suffered a torn ACL on his right knee.

The injury happened in the second quarter of the San Antonio Spurs’ preseason game against the Houston Rockets. Murray drove strong to the hoop on a fast break and planted his right foot to go up for the layup. Almost instantly, his knee buckled and he crashed to the floor. He stayed down, wincing in pain and had to be helped up by his teammates.

The Spurs confirmed the worst scenario after an MRI on his knee. The Spurs haven’t released a timetable for his return yet.

This is another blow to the Spurs’ chances in the upcoming season. They lost Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during the summer.

Murray is a big loss as well. Last season, he averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. More than the stats, Murray was a key cog in the Spurs defense. His long arms and active feet allowed him to defend the best wing players of the opposing team. Because of that, he was a second-team member of the All-NBA Defensive Team.

This was supposed to be Murray’s breakout season. With Parker gone, Murray was set to be the starter of the Spurs. He was also going to replace Leonard as the defensive weapon Coach Gregg Popovich uses to defend opposing wings. All that will have to wait until next year as Murray will most likely the rest of the season because of this injury.

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