Spurs unbeatable now, won in a warm up game make it seven in a row. Four starters scored double figures led by Lamarcus Aldridge, with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Derozan added 13 points and 7 assists which limited to 26 minutes only.
Positive key takes of the game.
Jakob Poeltl high IQ basketball and great defense. He had 12 points in just seven shot and nine rebounds together with 2 steals and 5 blocks.
The Knicks was worst when playing slow paced basketball, and Spurs take advantage of every play of it.
The Italian Stallion was feeling it tonight and he had confident with his shot finished with 12 points.
Davis Bertans had struggles on his shooting but adjusted and get his contributions inside.
Spurs timeout were on point. Coach Pop usually let his players play even opponents making a run but in this one he put out the fire and controlled the game just when the Knicks gaining momentum.
Area to improve.
Jakob Poeltl need more touches, his resileince on defense and his effort on pick in roll should be rewarded. Do you think he will contribute double digit every night?
Corresponding to D White breakout season, teams have finally respected his game and responded by heavily guarding him. Just scored 3 points on 1 out of 5 shooting. It was the Knicks defense was a little bit extra defending on him and the help defense in him was so quick. He was surprised with this and unable to adjust.
If you have notice todays basketball doesn’t rely anymore on 1on1 plays like it used during Jordan era, now team rely on quick passes, off ball screen and setting up plays. It was evident that New York Knicks simply looks for anyone Bryn Forbes was defending and pass it to him then break down Forbes defense. It’s look like teams know that Forbes is the weakest link on Spurs defense.