November 11, 2008
The Spurs can't bottom out against the Knicks, can they?
Not sure. That's why I'm paying attention.
San Antonio has won just once in five tries, and that particular try was a double-overtime triumph in Minnesota, which really shouldn't count as a triumph of any sort.
The Knicks have benefited from an easy schedule, home court advantage, and good injury timing in winning four of six thus far, but they've also benefited from a few other things as well. Like a roster with talent on it, good coaching, hard work, and enthusiasm. They might not be as good as the team's record indicates, but the Knicks aren't far off, and they aren't a laughingstock. Baby steps.
How will things fare tonight, with the Knicks on the road and Tony Parker on crutches? Could not begin to tell you, which is why I'm curious to see the template that the Spurs are going to have to take on in this new-new era.
Statniks have gone nuts over the last few days in noticing that the Spurs (almost wrote "Knicks") are dead-last in defensive efficiency. Last! Middle-of-the-road we can understand, everyone needs a few weeks to get it together, but last?
And that much-derided TimnTony offense? It's eighth in offense. Not bad at all. Something seems screwy.
So let's give a watch. Seven other games on as well, so comment away down below.
New York Knicks: 4-2, 98.2 possessions per game (2nd-most in the NBA), 104.4 points per 100 possessions (19th in the NBA), 106.9 points allowed per 100 possessions (19th in the NBA). Let There Be Rock.
San Antonio Spurs: 1-4, 86.3 possessions per game (23rd), 109 points scored per 100 possessions (8th), 116.8 points allowed per 100 possessions (30th). Have a Drink On Me.