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San Antonio Spurs: Starting 2018 in the Big Apple

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the New York Knicks on March 25, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the New York Knicks on March 25, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs will kick start 2018 in New York City, with a game against the Knicks.

The San Antonio Spurs’ 2017 closed on a sour note, with a loss to the Detroit Pistons, 93-79. It was a lost opportunity that creeping toward the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference, but that can change on Tuesday. The Spurs will play the New York Knicks, wrapping up the two-game mini-series that started near the end of December.

The first matchup brought a balanced effort from the Silver and Black. Six players scored in double-digits, with LaMarcus Aldridge‘s 25 points leading the way. Pau Gasol‘s 17-11-7 line saw him flirt with a triple-double, and represented how well he and Aldridge worked against the Knicks’ front line of Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O’Quinn and Michael Beasley, who spent time as a stretch four.

Point guard play looked dominant, too, at least to start the game. Tony Parker destroyed Jarrett Jack in the first quarter, resulting in 10 first-quarter points. However, upon Frank Ntilikina‘s inclusion, Parker’s production dipped and remained quiet for the rest of the game. Look for this all-French matchup to start early and often.

One thing this game missed? Kawhi Leonard. Due to the Spurs not having two days off, before playing the Knicks on Dec. 28, the Klaw sat out for “return from injury management.” That allowed Kyle Anderson to start and score 16 points.

With two days between this game and the loss to Detroit, Leonard should see playing time. The past two matchups saw him play season-high minutes, so could that be the case, again, on Tuesday night?

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Aside from Rudy Gay, San Antonio may have a full lineup to work with, in the Big Apple, as the team continues to get to full strength. It will battle the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. ET on MSG and FSSW.

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