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Gregg Popovich predicts Dejounte Murray will become 'real dangerous'

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San Antonio Spurs' Dejuonte Murray had himself a game to forget against the Heat.

After a hot start to the season as the Spurs new starting point guard with Tony Parker still hobbled, Murray went scoreless versus the Heat and shot 0-6 for the game in 24 minutes.

But this is to be expected for the young point guard who will likely have growing pains along the way early in his career. Each game is a lesson for Murray. There are areas of his game that need polishing and and eventually he'll be the player many expect him to be including his Head Coach Gregg Popovich.

When asked about what Murray needs to do to improve after the Spurs win over the Heat, Popovich said, “His focus right now is defense and rebounding. Eventually he will learn about pick-and-rolls and when his shot gets better, he will be real dangerous.”

In the first three games of the regular-season, Murray posted averages of 13 points, 4.6 assists, 9.6 rebounds and 59% shooting. Including a double-double versus Toronto where he grabbed a career-high 14 boards, one rebound short of tying the Spurs franchise record for rebounds in a single game by a guard, last set by Manu Ginobili in 2008.

Murray has the tools to become that dangerous player on the court for the Spurs and has shown it early in the season. He is averaging 10.0 points, 4.3 assists, and 8.0 rebounds through four games.

That's not a bad start to becoming a dangerous player but before he gets there, he'll have to crawl before he walks.

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