If you haven’t noticed yet, Derrick White had himself quite a night in the Spurs’ Game 3 win vs. the Denver Nuggets. He scored a career-high 36 points, including 26 in the first half, setting a few milestones along the way.
(In the Playoffs)— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) April 19, 2019
Last time a Spurs guard not named Ginobili/Parker had 30+ points in a Playoff game: Avery Johnson in 1998.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) April 19, 2019
Derrick White has 34 with 4 minutes remaining.
Derrick White tonight - 10th time in Spurs history a player has had 35+ points, 5+ assists and 5+ rebounds in a Playoff game.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) April 19, 2019
Duncan, Parker, Moore, Anderson, Gervin the only others.
Derrick White is the first player to have 35+ points in one of his first three career starts since Isaiah Thomas had 42 for the Celtics in 2016.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) April 19, 2019
It’s not every day a Spur gets so much attention, even in the playoffs, so it felt only fitting to give him his own round-up.
- ESPN wrote about his breakout game that Denver never saw coming.
- USA Today is calling him the breakout star of these playoffs.
- NBA.com sees a diamond in the rough breaking out in the playoffs for the Spurs as a near annual tradition.
- Deadspin covered the revelation of White and how he is helping prove that the Spurs can do more on offense than just shoot from mid-range.
- Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is asked by the mother site’s Matt Ellentuck: How do the Spurs keep doing this?
- Kind of like how White took Jamal Murray’s fourth quarter explosion personally after Game 2, the Nuggets are taking White’s Game three personally, so we’ll see if they respond in kind. Everyone better be ready.
- Finally, something we’ve been saying for quite a while, and now The Ringer is asking: With the revelation of White, is the Spurs’ future even rosier than previously expected?