In the midst of a dreaded streak of games on the road, the San Antonio Spurs collapsed against the New York Knicks in their annual trip to the Big Apple.
So the Knicks had to win a game at some point, right? This unfortunately came against a reeling San Antonio Spurs with arguably their worst loss of the season. In a season of transition, San Antonio has become prone to an occasional slip up but the last seven games have proven that this team isn’t as far along as they’d hoped.
The energy of the AT&T Center crowd has driven the Spurs to success at home but the team cannot seem to carry that energy on the road. Tonight’s 130-118 loss against the worst team in the league is a wakeup call for a Spurs team struggling to remain in the playoff picture.
Scoring hasn’t been a huge issue with five players reaching double figures for San Antonio. Mid-range maestro DeMar DeRozan finished the night with a loaded stat line: 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting while hitting 80 percent of 10 free throws, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. He fought hard to bring the team back in the fourth quarter, but foul trouble and defensive mistakes allowed New York to close out the night.
San Antonio couldn’t contain the three-point onslaught of the New York Knicks, a sentence that truly makes no sense now that I’m actually reading it. Let’s be honest, losing to the ragtag core of Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay and Lance Thomas is very unlike the Spurs. And yet here they are allowing that trio to hit a combined 13 triples on 22 takes.
The Spurs will look to bounce back against the gritty Brooklyn Nets tomorrow evening to cap off what’s been a very uncharacteristic spell of losses.