Dejounte Murray Sizzles In March For Hawks

Dejounte Murray had a March to remember.

The Atlanta Hawks’ guard, who was at one time on the trading bubble this season, made a case for the Hawks keeping him in the lineup this past month. While several key Hawks starters including Trae Young were out most of this month with injuries, Murray stepped up and helped net his team big victories as March drew to a close.

In the last five games he has played against the Bucks, Celtics (twice), Trailblazers, and the Hornets, Murray helped the Hawks win 4 of those 5 games. In those five games, Murray has totaled 141 points or 28.2 points per game. He has successfully made 22 three-point shots of 55 attempted.

Murray’s other five-game stats are 30 rebounds (6 per game), 53 assists (10.6), and 11 steals (2.2).

His best performance in the last five games was against the toughest team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, where he racked up 44 points against Jayson Tatum and company, along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

For the season so far, Murray is averaging 22.7 points, 2.6 three-point shots made, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He currently ranks second behind Young in points scored per game (22.7; Young leads with 26.4.) Murray is third in 3-pointers, with 2.6 per game.

Murray may have to continue taking up the slack for the missing Hawks starters for a while longer in this waining season, as many of the Hawks starters (Young, who’s still recovering from a left fifth finger injury and subsequent surgery; Saddiq Bey, knee; Mouhamed Gueye, UCL sprain; AJ Griffin, ankle; and Onyeka Okongwu, toe) remain out due to various injuries.

As of this writing, Kobe Bufkin (toe sprain) and Jalen Johnson (right ankle sprain) are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls.