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    San Antonio Spurs Game thread: New York Knicks vs San Antonio Spurs 1/10/2021 7:30pm [Game #41]





    (15-24) -- (19-21)


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



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    Injury Report

    San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks
    Tre Jones - Medical protocols (OUT) Evan Fournier - Left thigh contusion (QUEST)
    Devin Vassell - Medical protocols (QUEST) Kemba Walker - Sore left knee (OUT)
    Keldon Johnson - Medical protocols (QUEST) Nerlens Noel - Medical protocols (OUT)
    Thaddeus Young - Medical protocols (QUEST) Derrick Rose - Ankle surgery (OUT)
    Derrick White - Medical protocols (QUEST) Ryan Arcidiacono - Left ankle sprain (QUEST)
    Doug McDermott - Medical protocols (QUEST) -
    Zach Collins - Foot surgery recovery (OUT) -


    Game Preview

    The playoff fates of NBA teams aren't normally determined by a single nonconference game.

    But whether or not the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs advance to the play-in tournament -- or beyond -- could be determined Monday night, when the Knicks are slated to host the Spurs in the final meeting of the season between the teams.

    Both teams are coming off road losses that further weakened their grips on 10th place -- and the final berth to the play-in tournament -- in their respective conferences. The Knicks fell to the Boston Celtics 99-75 on Saturday while the Spurs will be completing a back-to-back set after losing to the Brooklyn Nets, 121-119, in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

    The 75 points scored set a season low for the Knicks, who were routed just two days after they stormed back from a 25-point deficit -- their biggest comeback in more than 17 years -- to stun the Celtics 108-105. The loss Saturday dropped New York back into a tie with Boston for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

    The home-and-home split with the Celtics also continued a lengthy pattern of inconsistency for the Knicks, who are 14-20 since opening the season 5-1. New York has won consecutive games just twice in that span, though both instances -- a three-game winning streak and a two-game run -- have come amid a 5-3 stretch that began on Christmas Day.

    "To win on the road, you have to play for 48 minutes," Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said after New York fell to 10-10 away from Madison Square Garden. "And we didn't do that."

    The road has been unkind lately to the Spurs, who are 1-5 on a seven-game road trip that is scheduled to conclude Monday night. San Antonio earned its lone win on the trek last Wednesday, when it hung on for a 99-97 win over the Celtics after Jaylen Brown missed a layup just before the buzzer.

    The Spurs almost earned a second win in resourceful fashion Sunday, when they outscored the Nets 10-0 over the final 4:01 of the fourth quarter and had the ball with a chance to win the game at the buzzer. But Keita Bates-Diop couldn't convert a tap-in alley-oop in the final second of regulation.

    In overtime, the Spurs went scoreless on six possessions with the game tied. They couldn't get a shot off after Kevin Durant fed Cam Thomas for the Nets' tie-breaking basket in the lane with 1.4 seconds remaining in the extra session.

    "If you wish and could make your wish come true, you don't want (Durant) shooting the last shot, that's for sure," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said afterward. "But we let (Thomas) go middle."

    The loss dropped the Spurs to 15-24 and officially left them tied for 10th place in the Western Conference with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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    Down 3 points after the 1st quarter. Looking like its going to be a close game much of the way

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    Randle tells fans to STFU then scores 2 points in first half next home game?

    SA played Nets last night… Pops has a small rotation, with depleted roster… 2 big guns played heavy minutes late night…. Hang in there and go pull away in the 4th….

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    SA bench out scores our bench in first half. Unacceptable. IQ, Grimes, Toppin. Calling you out! Better be better in second half.

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    Enjoying a Pop coached team, Kiya?


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    Thanks for the Game Thread Rady .. The Spurs are a tricky team, this may be the 3rd consecutive season the Spurs miss the playoffs.

    Half-Time .. Knicks 51 - Spurs 49
    I missed the first half of the game ....
    The Knicks are running a 9 Man rotation
    While Spurs coach Pop runs a 10 Man rotation

    The Best ball-movement team may win tonight !!!

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    RJ Barrett seems to like playing against the Spurs. The fans were cheering for him saying his name towards the end of the 2nd quarter. Then Julius air balled a 3 as time ran out and the fans were groaning lol

    Randle set the bar higher for himself last year. If anything i think the fans have been slightly lenient on him

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    Barrett need to do more passing like the Dime to Taj, and start throwing the ball above the rim for MitchRob & Obi

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    Excellent block by Barrett.


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    Bout Time somebody throws the ball to OBI on offense, he been on the court for 5 min

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    The Knicks keeping the lead throughout the 3rd qtr. says "A Knicks WIN !!!"

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    Obi is fast like Sonic the hedgehog running the court. He has a tremendous physique (pause)

    Gotta love the way RJ played tonight. I just hope to see him be more consistent

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCharles34 View Post
    RJ Barrett seems to like playing against the Spurs. The fans were cheering for him saying his name towards the end of the 2nd quarter. Then Julius air balled a 3 as time ran out and the fans were groaning lol

    Randle set the bar higher for himself last year. If anything i think the fans have been slightly lenient on him
    JR still our best player, 8 30 plus pt games compared to RJs 4 this season. Fans love RJ though, Harlow asked him how he feels about the RJ Barrett chants and he said he loves them, who wouldn’t LOL.

    One thing about JR he’s played the most minutes of anyone in the league since the start of last season.

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    RJ Barrett somehow still only 21-years-old. Not even close to his prime and he is starting to show his elite scorer potential. If he can get more consistent, we’re in business.

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    RJ with his second thirty point plus game vs SA this season. Methinks Pops plan is to take away JR and let RJ beat them.

    2-0.

    Thanks.

    RJ wants to be great and has NBA physique. Barrett at 25 should be a nice piece on a winning team.

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