While I don’t usually believe in moral victories, there was something extremely encouraging about how the San Antonio Spurs fought the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. Still shorthanded, they’ll look to do something they haven’t done yet this season — win on the second night of a back-to-back.
Facing a Knicks team looking to have their first winning season since 2012-13, the Spurs would be wise to learn how to win games like this sooner than later, considering they have 11 more back-to-backs left in the season.
New York is in the midst of a three-game winning streak to put them above .500 for the season, defeating Sacramento, Indiana, and Detroit. The team’s leading scorer and rebounder, Julius Randle, recently earned his first All-Star nod and has scored 21 or more in all but one of his last 15 games.
The Spurs will need to overcome the stingiest defense in the league, which allows just 104 points per game to come out on top. On the flip side, the Knicks are almost dead-last in points per game at 105, so if San Antonio can play inspired defense, they should come away with their first win on the second night of a back-to-back.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s showdown.
How to watch the New York Knicks (18-17) vs. San Antonio Spurs (17-13)
Location: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TXDate/Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 @ 8:30 PM ETLocal/Streaming: FSSW (San Antonio), MSG (New York)Radio: WOAI/KXTN (San Antonio), WEPN (New York)
Injury Report (via NBC Sports)
San Antonio Spurs
OUT: Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell, Quinndary Weatherspoon (all for healthy & safety protocols), LaMarcus Aldridge (stomach illness)
New York Knicks
OUT: Mitchell Robinson (hand), Taj Gibson (ankle), Derrick Rose (health & safety protocols)DOUBTFUL: Elfrid Payton (hamstring)