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    San Antonio Spurs Game Thread: New York Knicks @ San Antonio Spurs 8:30 pm 3/25/2017 [Game#73]





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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks San Antonio Spurs
    Joakim Noah - Sore Left Hamstring (OUT) Dejounte Murray - Left groin (OUT)
    Carmelo Anthony - Sore Left Knee (QUEST) -
    Derrick Rose - Sore Right Foot (QUEST) -
    Lance Thomas - Sore Right Hip (QUEST) -




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    SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs will host the second in a series of games against teams they've lost to this season when the New York Knicks hit the Alamo City for a contest on Saturday at the AT&T Center.

    The game is the second of a four-game homestand for San Antonio. In the first, the Spurs (55-16) finally found a way to beat Memphis after losing to the Grizzlies twice this season in Memphis, securing a 97-90 win with clutch play in the final minutes.

    "Memphis is physical and they are really aggressive defensively," Spurs reserve guard Patty Mills said. "The game was a good preparation for us for the playoffs because that's how everyone plays."

    With the victory, the Spurs crept back to within two games of idle Golden State for the best record in the NBA and the Western Conference.

    The play of LaMarcus Aldridge was a key to the win on Thursday as he poured in 23 points and was a reliable scoring option for San Antonio to help offset the attention Memphis placed on slowing Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs' leading scorer.

    Aldridge has been more aggressive with the ball in his five games back since he missed two contests with a minor heart arrhythmia. He has led the team in scoring in the Spurs' past two outings -- both of them wins.

    "I'm just playing basketball and trying to be more dominant out there and taking my shots," Aldridge said. "I'm playing in the flow. I'm not being as passive as I was earlier in the year, and it's working out for me. I'm finding my rhythm out there, and my teammates are finding me."

    The Knicks beat San Antonio 94-90 on Feb. 12 at Madison Square Garden. New York shot 64.3 percent from 3-point range (a Spurs' opponent season-best) in the win while holding San Antonio to 20.7 shooting from beyond the arc.

    New York comes to south Texas off a 110-95 loss at Portland in which the Knicks never led.

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points for the Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, both of whom were in action the night before in a loss at Utah. New York was playing its third game in four nights.

    Porzingis missed his first five shots from the field and ended up 8-for-21 overall, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range.

    "The attention was more on me tonight," Porzingis said. "I had a lot of good looks and some open 3s, and I was disappointed to miss them all. I missed a lot of good shots, and (making them) would have changed the whole game for us."

    The Knicks (27-45) closed to within 10 points late in the fourth quarter before Portland used a 10-0 run to put the verdict on ice.

    New York coach Jeff Hornacek was encouraged by the second-half effort.

    "It was about just playing hard, getting after it," Hornacek said. "You're going to make mistakes as a young player, but if you play hard, sometimes those are hidden. The guys did a better job in the second half of getting the ball in to (teammates) when they had the advantage."

    (cbssports.com)

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    Way to hang in there until the bitter end with these great game threads, Rady.

    That starting lineup has pursue high lottery draft pick written all over it, but I'm not going to complain, these are the guys I want to watch play and hopefully develop. I can't imagine mustering any enthusiasm to watch Melo, Rose, or Lance Thomas play again before the end of the season.

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    Just read that Melo and Lance Thomas are definitely out tonight, but Rose is available. Rose still worries me for our efforts to get as good a draft pick as possible since he is playing for his next big contract. In the end, I doubt Rose can do enough to win us a game like this, but any minutes he gets are minutes we could be giving to someone who might actually be on our roster next season.

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    Yeah Rady has done a great job with not missing a beat with the game threads. Spurs chasing the Warriors for home court for the playoffs so I doubt they take this one lightly.

    It behooves Horn to play tank lineups the rest of the way, not much to look forward to next year except the hope we can land a high draft pick and maybe cash in on Melo.

    I've given up hope that KP is going to become a franchise player overnight, if he does become a superstar I think it will happen slowly and not overnight.

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    We're holding our own in the first few minutes thanks to a strong early offensive effort from Kuz

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    KP with 3 fouls in the 1st 9 minutes of the game. I give up.

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    13 points in the 1st quarter from Kuz, but we're down 33 - 23 at the end of the 1st quarter. Our defense continues to be some of the worst I've ever seen

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    Plumlee and Ndour both getting 1st half minutes

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    KP comes back into the game with 3 fouls and 5 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. Hornacek doing whatever he can to try to keep KP on the court

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    KP with 3 fouls in the 1st 9 minutes of the game. I give up.
    It would have been nice if he scored a few points before he went to the bench. Dude has been a disappointment lately.

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    It takes 70 seconds of 2nd quarter playing time for KP to get his 4th foul. No really, I give up

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    4 fouls 2 pts on freebies. KP said he was disappointed in his performance last game, I wonder what he says about his game tonight.

    Last thing I want him to do is go to the gym by himself to work things out, time to get him some real coaching and get him into the weight room as soon as the season ends.

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    NY bench is shooting 3-14 (and all 3 makes by KOQ). Yikes.

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    I get the impression that the Spurs thought they could sleepwalk to this win. Strong 3rd quarter effort has got this to a 4 point game

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    It's the WHG show.... lead cut from 20 to 6. 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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