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Keldon Johnson’s ascension to second fiddle next to Dejounte Murray

Johnson followed up his career high with a steady effort in the home loss

NBA: Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs
The third year forward continues to impress with his steady improvement and adding tools to his repertoire
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After the 104-119 loss last night to the Toronto Raptors, All-Star Dejounte Murray noted “You got to fight, NBA, next man up... We tried, but that’s a long talented team that’s been together. They all get to their spots, whether it’s driving, kicking or finding the open man.”

While much of the fanbase eagerly anticipates the offseason moves and draft picks that await San Antonio, let’s continue to appreciate what our young stars bring to the table nightly:

Midway through the first stanza, Keldon re-located on the wing and let fly a quick(er) release that would make Chip Engelland proud:

After a sweet Josh Richardson block, Johnson spaced out appropriately and found a lane to jam it home on a retreating Toronto defense:

Murray continues to carry the team mightily. Despite the suboptimal team results, the All-Star guard is doing what he can to ensure the team has any chance of reaching the play-in game with his two-way brilliance.

Putting defenders in the spin-cycle? CHECK

One-Man Transition Hero? CHECK

Getting to his spots to stack buckets? CHECK

Getting wherever he wants and needs to while exhausting his defender? CHECK

Lonnie Walker IV continued to be a spark off the bench and soars highest in transition:

Here’s to seeing more of these sweet corner threes and other silky shots down the stretch from Devin Vassell:

Though we were denied (for now) Coach Popovich’s record setting victory, we know that this shirt will still make the rounds until the next Spurs win:

More importantly, we still had the 39th birthday celebration from our favorite pants-optional mascot, The Coyote!