Two weeks ago, it’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s news that he will not join the team due to injury. The big man is the second-leading scorer for the team. Outside of his numbers, Aldridge brings leadership, toughness, and other intangibles we cannot find in the stat sheets.
With two weeks remaining before the season resume, Trey Lyles has appendicitis which costs him playing in Orlando. He’s a big surprise for the team this season. A good role player who did everything to help the team. He’s been playing well when Aldridge isn’t around. Trey Lyles started 53 games out of 63 Spurs played, scoring 6.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. He also shoots 39% from the arc.
Without these two guys who playing well for San Antonio, another veteran needs to step up. This is the right moment for DeMar DeRozan to level up his game and his mentality. In San Antonio, DeRozan is more than a scorer as he improved to be a great facilitator but those performances yet to translate into more success.
Being one of the fourth oldest behind Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli he needs to more vocal. DeRozan is known for his shortcomings late in the game. When you count his unsuccessful job in a clutch moment there’s no hope for San Antonio but we forgot DeRozan clutch in the game against Washington Wizards, back to back clutch moments against the Rockets are some of it. The Spurs need him not only to put big numbers but to be in the best position to win the games.
With the young guys that he will lead into the next eight games, DeRozan needs to forget those bad outcomes every close game. This could be an audition for him with the Spurs if what kind of fit with the Spurs younger players who will be the team’s future. The front office will evaluate him what kind of impact DeRozan will bring to the table. If there’s a good thing it could be lead to an extension or the other way.
DeRozan got more playoff experience outside of Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli. With few success and others are devastated with a loss but DeRozan can use it as a motivation. It’s hard to replace those numbers the two big produced, all DeRozan need to do is to influence the young guys to play 48 minutes consistently.