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    San Antonio Spurs Game thread: New York Knicks vs San Antonio Spurs 7:30 2/24/2019 [Game #60]





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    Venue TV TIME
    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks
    LaMarcus Aldridge - Illness (DOUBT) Frank Ntilikina - Sore groin (OUT)
    Drew Eubanks - G League (OUT) DeAndre Jordan - Sprained left ankle (DOUBT)
    Ben Moore - G League (OUT) -
    Dejounte Murray - Right ACL tear (OUT) -
    Lonnie Walker IV - G League (OUT) -
    Derrick White - Right heel soreness (PROB) -


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    For the second straight season, the San Antonio Spurs are encountering difficulties in getting wins on their annual Rodeo Road Trip.

    On Sunday, they will encounter an opponent whose inability to win at home is on the verge of matching an NBA record.

    The seventh stop of San Antonio's lengthy trip is a visit to the New York Knicks, whose 18-game skid on their home floor is one away from the league record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

    The Spurs are 97-48 all-time on the trip which began in the 2002-03 season and concludes Monday in Brooklyn. Last year, the Spurs went 2-4 on the trip while allowing 106.1 points but this year's trip is seeing San Antonio struggle even more defensively.

    The Spurs are 1-5 on the 8,424-mile trip and allowing 124.5 points per game. Opponents are shooting 51.9 percent and making 40.6 percent of their 3-point attempts.

    The struggles on the trip are coming on the heels of a five-game win streak and a stretch of 13 wins in 18 games that put San Antonio 10 games over .500 at 32-22 following a 113-108 home win over New Orleans on Feb. 2.

    The latest stop on the trip was the closest loss sustained by the Spurs and an emotional one for DeMar DeRozan in a 120-117 setback at Toronto.

    "I thought it was a great game, good competitive game after a long break, you'd think you wouldn't get something like that," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after his team dropped to 11-20 on the road. "It would take everyone a while to get back in a groove, so I think maybe both teams started out a little slowly, but it was a really good competitive game all the way around."

    On Friday, DeRozan made his return to Toronto and scored 23 points but also had the ball stolen by former Spur Kawhi Leonard, whose layup with 15 seconds remaining ultimately decided the game.

    "I knew they were going to be aggressive, trying to make a play on the ball and then foul," DeRozan said. "I've just got to be more aware."

    DeRozan also heard a loud cheer during a tribute video in the first timeout when he acknowledged fans with numerous waves.

    "To come back here and get a reception like that is definitely humbling, beyond gratifying," DeRozan said. "I appreciate it."

    DeRozan is averaging 23.4 points in the five games he has played on the trip and is playing in New York for the first time as a Spur.

    San Antonio will be hoping for a rebound game from LaMarcus Aldridge, who tied a season low by scoring six points on Friday. Aldridge is probable to play against the Knicks as he battles an illness and is averaging 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds in the five games he has appeared in during the trip.

    Meanwhile, Knicks center DeAndre Jordan is doubtful with a sprained left ankle sustained in practice Saturday.

    New York is winless at home since getting a double-overtime win over Milwaukee on Dec. 1 and is a league-worst 4-24 overall at home.

    The Knicks matched the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers for the league's second-longest home losing streak Friday when they committed 23 turnovers in a 115-104 loss to Minnesota.

    "You gotta point that to lack of focus, lack of care of the basketball. You gotta value the basketball," Knicks rookie guard said Allonzo Trier. "Twenty-three turnovers, that's 23 times we didn't get to shoot the ball with a chance to get points. It's hard to win like that."

    Trier and Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 20 points apiece but the latest loss was a tough night for some of New York's other young players. Dennis Smith Jr. had a highlight-reel dunk in the opening quarter but was benched in the fourth and scored seven points while rookie Mitchell Robinson went scoreless in 13 minutes after reaching double figures in five of his previous six games.

    "Sometimes it depends on how the young guys are messing up," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "If their mistakes are mistakes I gotta show more discipline about, then the vets are gonna play more in that situation."

    The Knicks are also 3-32 in their last 35 games since their last home victory.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Thanks for the Knicks Game-Thread Rady .... Its a shame we all know the outcome and conclusion of this game vs coach Pop's Spurs.

    Deandre Jordan OUT tonight with sprained left ankle sustained in practice yesterday.
    Coach Fizdale said initially it looked worse than it actually is after being evaluated.
    He’s day to day, but the hope is he won’t miss much time.

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    With the Spurs battling for a playoff spot and the Knicks without DJ very little chance they don't tie the record for most consecutive home losses tonight. We get a chance to set the record Tuesday against the Magic who are playing well and beat the Raps today.

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    Knox is awful, just awful. The most inefficient player I've ever seen with clearly advantages physically. He needs to work on his body, conditioning, and foot speed. He has only two moves a floater and 3pt shot that he doesn't hit at a high clip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Knox is awful, just awful. The most inefficient player I've ever seen with clearly advantages physically. He needs to work on his body, conditioning, and foot speed. He has only two moves a floater and 3pt shot that he doesn't hit at a high clip
    Knox was a 44% shooter in college but barely shooting 36% as a pro. He doesn’t seem even remotely ready to be playing the minutes he is getting at this level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Knox is awful, just awful. The most inefficient player I've ever seen with clearly advantages physically. He needs to work on his body, conditioning, and foot speed. He has only two moves a floater and 3pt shot that he doesn't hit at a high clip

    Knox adjusting again to me slandering him online...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Knox is awful, just awful. The most inefficient player I've ever seen with clearly advantages physically. He needs to work on his body, conditioning, and foot speed. He has only two moves a floater and 3pt shot that he doesn't hit at a high clip
    The rook just hit his last 4 the last one a 3. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    The rook just hit his last 4 the last one a 3. Lol
    Just acknowledged, this is like ground hog's day with me and him. I get on him to trash him and he immediately switches up...lol

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    Knicks up 30-26 end of 1 KK with 10 leading the way.

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    Seems a waste of a 10 day signing that kid Ellenson. Fiz put him for a look, didn't look like anything special. Mudiay on the other hand is on fire 12 pts in 8 mins and his last 3 made Pops call time out with the Knicks up by 8.

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    Mudiay 17 pts, KK 14 pts. Knicks with just 2 TOs and hitting 9 3s gives them the half time lead of 62-53.

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    Knicks Got a 9 pt lead at HALF-TIME 62 - 53
    The Knicks would have had a 12 or 11 pt lead if DSJ would have hit both foul shot n the last shot of the half .. a open jumper.
    Lance Thomas came through in the final 3 min of the half by hitting a 3 ball then a put back to stretch a 3 pt lead into 8 pt lead.

    DSJ being a starter over Mudiay has to be a front-office call to keep the TANKING going !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Seems a waste of a 10 day signing that kid Ellenson. Fiz put him for a look, didn't look like anything special. Mudiay on the other hand is on fire 12 pts in 8 mins and his last 3 made Pops call time out with the Knicks up by 8.
    The Ellenson & Jenkins move are the front-office calls to keep the TANKING alive !!!
    The Knicks has to many ending contract players (DJ/Mario/Vonleh/Mudiay/Kornet) on the roster that need wins on their resume to negotiate next season contract SMH

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    When Lance Thomas gets you 13 you can put the W in the bank. Knicks up 79-63 middle of the 3rd.

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    A lot of things clicking tonight. If we play like this through the end of the season, we will climb out of the bottom 3. I guarantee it.

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