Murray will not participate during Thursday's summer league game against the 76ers, Kevin Pelton of ESPN reports.
Murray, who provided five points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a steal across 21 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Celtics, will get Thursday off for rest. His next opportunity to play will come on Saturday when the Spurs face the Heat in Las Vegas.
Despite starting the last two games in place of the injured Tony Parker (quad), Murray was outpaced in minutes by reserve Patty Mills and had averaged just 5.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.5 assists across 17 minutes. After a 21-point loss to the Rockets in Game 4, coach Gregg Popovich will move Patty Mills into the top unit at point guard, which relegates Murray back to a bench role. Murray's demotion shouldn't come with a huge decrease in playing time, so look for him to log minutes in the low 20's at best.
Murray registered eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three assists over 20 minutes during Sunday's 125-104 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Logging his second straight start in place of Tony Parker (leg), Murray responded with a much more productive outing than in Friday's Game 3, shooting 50 percent from the field and dishing out a trio of dimes after being shut out in that category in his first start. The 20-year-old was still outpaced by reserve Patty Mills in minutes, but Sunday's production was one of the few encouraging aspects of the blowout loss.
Murray has been named the starting point guard for Friday's second-round playoff game in Houston, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The Spurs lost Tony Parker for the remainder of the postseason due to a ruptured left quadriceps, precipitating the insertion of Murray into the starting unit. The move is likely intended to keep the backcourt rotation intact, meaning Patty Mills is the prime candidate to receive the majority of the minutes at point guard. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard will also take on additional ball-handling duties, thereby reducing Murray's potential assist count. No matter how the facilitating breaks down, though, Murray is poised for a bump in his workload.
Murray (groin) logged five minutes in Wednesday's 101-97 loss to the Jazz, finishing with two points (1-1 FG) and no other statistics.
With Murray back for the regular-season finale following a month-long absence due to the groin injury, the Spurs will now enter the postseason at full strength. The rookie's availability won't drastically change how coach Gregg Popovich structures his rotation during the team's first-round playoff matchup with the Grizzlies, as Murray is a clear third on the depth chart at point guard behind Tony Parker and Patty Mills, which means he won't be asked to play in most competitive contests.
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