Spurs 100, Knicks 91: Who shined and who didn't?
The San Antonio Spurs picked up their second win in a row against the New York Knicks, 100-91, behind LaMarcus Aldridge's 29 points and a season-high 25 points from Kawhi Leonard.
This win means more than just another added to the win-loss column. With the win, Spurs' Gregg Popovich passed George Karl for the 5th-most all time wins.
Let’s check out who shined and who didn’t for the Spurs against the Knicks.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard:
When it was announced that Kawhi Leonard would be returning to the lineup, analysts and fans were unsure how he would mesh with LaMarcus Aldridge since Aldridge has been the team’s main focus for offense.
Well, so far so good at least against the Knicks. Leonard played 30 minutes and add 25 points, but we also saw Aldridge add 29 points and six rebounds.
This was great to see if you’re a Spurs fan. Because now we know that these two All-Stars can both get touches and still pick up crucial wins.
There were multiple times tonight that we saw the offense go to their classic Aldridge isolation play and once again it worked out. But, we also saw Leonard be aggressive and take the ball himself and score.
If this is a glimpse of what is to come from these two, then the rest of the league is in trouble.
After a great start to the season and a great game against the Knicks last week, but against the Knicks it was a different story for Anderson.
The young forward only scored one point the entire night and that came from the free throw line.
With Rudy Gay out due to injury for a few weeks, this means that Anderson needs to be ready to step up and be there when he is needed.
Although it is hard to score when you have two players like Aldridge and Leonard, we know he can score.
Anderson only took three shots tonight and only got to the line once. During their last matchup with the Knicks, he only shot four times but was able to make it to the line four times. This resulted in 16 points and a staggering +/- of +26.
Anderson needs to be careful while Gay is out. Because once he comes back and Leonard is back to playing full minutes, his minutes will go down drastically.