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How the Astros got their swagger back

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The San Antonio Spurs came into the 2019 season with high expectations for point guard Dejounte Murray. He showed why against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an incredible shot Thursday night.

Dejounte Murray holding a basketball © Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Murray drove inside the lane during the second quarter, aiming for a layup. When Oklahoma City’s defense closed in on him, the 23-year-old collided with guard Hamidou Diallo then flipped the ball into the air as he fell to the ground and arched it in for the bucket.

The young guard is quickly demonstrating why the entire organization believes he can be a special player. Murray entered Thursday averaging 12.2 points, eight rebounds and nearly five assists per game this season.

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Now that he’s showing he can even make the impossible plays, perhaps he’ll start to get the national recognition for his unique abilities.

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It’s time for the Spurs to start over without Gregg Popovich .
The San Antonio Spurs have not been relevant in the NBA title conversation since winning 61 games back in 2016-17. Since then, they have been disposed of in the first round of the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. Now on a downward spiral without a clear direction to move forward, it’s time for San Antonio to start over with a rebuild that does not include one Gregg Popovich. © David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The big picture: This is not about Pop and the success he’s had. It’s not about the Association somehow moving on from his old-school ways.

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