Watch: DeJuan Blair gets in the zone with elaborate pregame ritual

Monday April 22nd, 2013

DeJuan Blair's minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn't. DeJuan Blair's minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn't. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

DeJuan Blair has been out of the Spurs' rotation for months, a victim of the specific quirks of San Antonio's lineups and the more general difficulty of carving out playing time on a deep roster. Yet Blair has made the most of his limited minutes this season, putting up numbers that when extrapolated to 36 minutes would equal a line of 13.9 points (on 52 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals. It's a gift to be able to produce in unreliable minutes, but the secret to Blair's consistent readiness is undoubtedly his thorough pregame ritual -- a choreographed affair that channels Blair's energies toward the challenges of the game to come. Observe (via


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