The game over the Houston Rockets was one of the greatest for San Antonio Spurs this season. With Lonnie Walker IV had a game of his life to give his team a victory. A win that can help them inspired. As a team, they had a disappointing start. The first time that they had completed a rally.
While we give a lot of credit to Walker and Jakob Poeltl for the effort they had. DeMar DeRozan has quietly filled his role. He’s clutch on both ends of the floor in the final three seconds. DeRozan had nine assists in that game. Most of his points are in overtime as he helps Walker and Forbes. He did his best attacking the rim. The former All-Star not forcing his way when he knows Walker had a game of his life. He keeps the kid feeding the ball.
The last crucial stop against James Harden was something special. DeRozan isn’t known for this situation. But he put himself into a position to win. The awareness he made to adjust on weakside defense.
DeRozan played with Walker, Jakob, Mills, and Forbes. He fits with the shooter as he can drive to the lane most of the time. The three create an opening as they can really light up. Popovich made a perfect rotation in which DeMar play at four. While Jakob Poeltl priority is shutting down the lane and protecting the rim.
DeRozan saves a lot of his work when Lonnie’s on fire. Being a second option made him better. Playing a point guard in the most important situation of the game. Which he draws a lot of awareness.
DeMar is a wonderful Spur who is willing to play with a different role. The flexibility he gives to the team is the reason why the Spurs need to keep him.