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Spurs' Bertans making the most of increased minutes

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San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) steals the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

San Antonio Spurs second-year player Davis Bertans is making the most if his increased minutes and the team is noticing.

To start the season, Davis didn't see much time on the floor and had a quick stint in the G-League. Quite the opposite of what many thought heading into this season.

As a rookie, he shined in the time he got, displaying his deft three-point shooting and athletic ability but this season, minutes have been erratic.

But with the injury to Kyle Anderson (sprained MCL), Bertans has been picking up the slack and making the most of it.

In 21 games played this season, Bertans is averaging 3.8 points while shooting 45-percent from the field and 40-percent from beyond the arc in 7.8 minutes per game. In his rookie season, he averaged 12.1 minutes while scoring 4.5 points per game.

But it is his recent play that has been getting noticed by Head Coach Gregg Popovich.

Over his last three games, Davis has averaged 11.3 points while shooting 50-percent from the floor and 42-percent from beyond the arc.

“I think he has been very aggressive. We always know that he’s never seen a shot he doesn’t like, but defensively he’s worked hard in that area and he’s helped us,” Popovich said after Monday's win over Detroit.

Being ready and having patience this season likely has been high on Davis' list this season.

Said Tony Parker, “He’s been doing what he’s been doing since he’s been here. He’s always ready to go. Sometimes he doesn’t play for three or five games in a row and he comes in."

In the Spurs' win over Miami scoring seven points off 50-percent shooting and still showing he can contribute to the Spurs in a pinch.

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