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San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich address late game benching of DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan struggles from three was the factor in his late-game benching by Gregg Popovich Wednesday night.
DeMar DeRozan struggles from three was the factor in his late-game benching by Gregg Popovich Wednesday night.

The San Antonio Spurs lost a heartbreaker as they fell 122-120 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday night, in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. With a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to execute his final gameplan with his leading scorer, DeMar DeRozan, benched for the final play.

After San Antonio failed to get a shot off due to the great defense played 76ers forward, Ben Simmons, Popovich addressed his decision to leave his star shooting guard on the bench.

“We didn’t want to go to overtime,” Popovich said according to an ESPN report by Tim Bontemps.

If Popovich wanted a chance to win the game with a three, then it is understandable why he benched DeRozan in the final 1.1 seconds. DeRozan is averaging a team-high 21.4 points per game but has never been a threat from 3-point range.

While shooting a career 28.4 percent from behind the arc, the four-time all-star is currently shooting 17.5 percent from deep this season, the second lowest of his career. DeRozan hasn’t shot a 3 in 11 games and hasn’t made one since Dec. 26 in a home win over the Denver Nuggets.

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