San Antonio Spurs Grades: LaMarcus Aldridge’s Strong Play Continues


The San Antonio Spurs are starting to come together. On Monday, the Spurs won their third game in a row, defeating the New York Knicks while LaMarcus Aldridge shined.

After picking up 24 points against the Boston Celtics the day before, the power forward finished with 19 points on 8-of-15 from the floor.

Let’s dive right into the player grades from the win over the Knicks.

A. 16 points, 3 assists, 0 turnovers — Tony Parker started the season off rough but has quickly bounced back. Parker facilitated the offense, did some scoring, and made life miserable for the Knicks. Parker took care of the ball on the offensive end as he did not commit a single turnover. As a team, the Spurs had 13.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

C-. 4 points (2-of-6 FG), 5 rebounds, 1 turnover  — Green continues to live by his nickname, “Icy Hot”. On Monday, Green could not buy a bucket. He struggled from the floor but did contribute in different ways. Green grabbed five rebounds. His offensive game was not apparent but defensively, he played well.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

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A++. 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks  — He truly is becoming one of the leagues top players. He did everything Monday night, scoring, rebounding and what he is being known for thus far, tenacious defense. Though Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points, they were not easy buckets by any means. Despite the accolades Leonard has already achieved, he’ll still say he can improve. And Spurs fans get to watch that development firsthand.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

A+. 19 points, 6 rebounds — He is starting to come around. Aldridge looks to be getting more and more comfortable with the team. His flashes of his greatness while playing with the Portland Trail Blazers are starting to shine through. He hit fadeaway jumpers in the post, buried mid-range jumpers, rolled to the basket and finished with authoirty.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

TIM DUNCAN. A+. 16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks –“The Big Fundamental” still continues to heads turn. Duncan isn’t the top scoring option but still notched a double-double in the win. Being able to watch Duncan and Aldridge, the new edition of the twin towers, play alongside each other is great. Monday marked Duncan’s best game of the young season.. C. San Antonio Spurs

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B. 7 points, 3 assists, 2 turnovers — Coming off of the bench for most of his career and doing what he does best, contribute, Ginobili brought his unique style in the game. Ginobili continued his respectable start to the season in 17 minutes.. G. San Antonio Spurs. MANU GINOBILI

B. 6 points, 4 rebounds — Bobo played excellent in 20 minutes off of the bench. He did hit one three-pointer but scoring is not necessarily what makes Diaw successful. He always found himself around the basketball. Being the type of player that can play on the perimeter as well as making you respect his mid-range shot, Diaw is another reason the Spurs are on a three-game winning streak.. F. San Antonio Spurs. BORIS DIAW

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C+. 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds — The bruiser had an OK game. West plays tough defense and grabs rebounds. Once he gets himself comfortable with the offense and starts hitting the mid-range jumper, West will be just fine.. C. San Antonio Spurs. DAVID WEST

A. 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals — The Spurs spark plug, Mills is a great defender. Mills’ energy lifts the Spurs when he comes into the game, and Monday was no different. Mills was all over the floor, making it hard for Knicks guards to get the offense going. . G. San Antonio Spurs. PATTY MILLS