San Antonio Spurs Player Grades in Loss to New York Knicks


The San Antonio Spurs lost another heart-breaker on Tuesday night, dropping a game 104-100 in overtime to the New York Knicks on the road.

The Spurs had the lead all the way until about the halfway point in the fourth quarter. At that point, the Knicks were finally able to overcome the deficit and make it a back-and-forth game for the remainder of the quarter.

San Antonio took a two point lead with under 30 seconds but New York was able to tie the game in the closing seconds to send it into overtime.

The Spurs claimed the first three points in the extra period but it was all Knicks after that with New York finishing the game on an 8-1 run.

Leading the way for the Knicks was their starting back-court which combined for 43 points. Point guard Alexey Shved had 21 points and seven assists while shooting guard Langston Galloway recorded 22 points.

For the Spurs it was all about the duo of Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. Parker scored a team-high 21 while Leonard registered 17 points and eight rebounds.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio New York game!

Check out our San Antonio Spurs player grades below!

B+. Tony Parker had a solid night during an uncharacteristically poor performance by the San Antonio Spurs. The French-born guard finished with 20-plus points for the fifth time in his last six games, putting up 21 on 9-of-20 shooting against the Knicks. Parker also filled out the rest of the box score nicely, recording six rebounds and six assists. Where Parker struggled, like many of the Spurs guards, was on the defensive side of the ball. He allowed New York starting point guard Alexey Shved to get away sometimes to the tune of 21 points and seven assists. That needs to improve, especially in the playoffs, but for now it is passable. It’s more important right now for other San Antonio players to be living up to their expectations.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

If you have kept up with these player grades throughout the season you will notice that I am pretty generous in grade giving. As generous as I believe I am though, I have no choice but to give Green an “F.” The former Tar Heel was absolutely atrocious from the field, connecting on only 3-of-12 field goal attempts. His defense was also suspect at times, evident by the 43 combined points scored by the Knicks starting backcourt. What makes this even tougher to swallow is that Green has played well as of late. Oh well, let’s just hope he has a short memory and comes out strong against the Bucks tonight.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. F

San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD. C-. Kawhi Leonard was another Spurs player who just could not get it going against New York. Leonard, like Green, had been playing extremely well as of late. That was not the case on Tuesday, however, as the former San Diego State star could only find the bucket three times on nine tries on his way to 13 points. Leonard was okay defensively, picking up five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal, however when your team loses, especially to the worst team from the worst conference, your performance is always going to be judges a little harder.. SF

B. <strong><a href=. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

<strong><a href=. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIAGO SPLITTER. B+

D. The San Antonio Spurs bench might have outscored the New York Knicks bench 29-25, however, that does not mean it was a good night for the reserves. The Spurs bench struggled mightily, combing for a 10-of-31 shooting performance. <strong><a href=. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH

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