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Tonight’s game against the Knicks is actually a make-up for a game that was originally scheduled to be played on February 20, cancelled due to Covid protocol. This the fifth and final makeup game of the season, and so far, the Spurs have been pretty good at making up, with a 4-0 record on the rescheduled games (against Pistons, Cavs, Pacers and Pelicans).
Tonight, if they can keep up their undefeated makeup streak going, they’ll eliminate the Sacramento Kings and be locked 10th place, with the play-in games starting next Tuesday or Wednesday for them. My guess is that the 9/10 matchup will be on the first day so that the winner can have a rest day before facing the 7/8 loser, so once again the Spurs would have to play with only one day off between games.
Of course, none of that is going to matter unless the Spurs can win another game, or the Kings lose one of their three remaining games. The Kings face Memphis tonight, so GO GRIZZLIES! The Knicks are going to be tough to beat in Madison Square Garden tonight. Coach Tom Thibodeau has the team playing great defense this year, and even though they are missing some players, it’s going to be difficult for the Spurs offense to be efficient against the pressing and active Knicks defense. Tonight is going to be a test for Dejounte Murray to open up the offense against an elite defense, and get the ball to shooters like Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay in good spots to score. Prediction: Spurs by 17.
In downtown Manhattan there’s a garden, with plants and rocks and birds and things. But wait a sec, I beg your pardon, it’s Madison Square, and it has none of those trimmings.
One final word:
Go Spurs GOOOOOO!!
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
May 13, 2021 | 6:30 PM CT
Streaming: NBA League Pass
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