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The Best Parts of the Spurs’ Play-In Clincher against the Knicks

The Spurs didn’t win, but they made the play-in tournament.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
DeRozan spearheaded the team’s second half run, but still resulted in a road loss

The Spurs competed admirably at Madison Square Garden just a night after taking their lumps against Brooklyn. Though they weren’t able to pull off the late comeback, there were still positives to take out of the evening.

Drew Eubanks: Though San Antonio couldn’t stop the Knicks’ barrage of threes from the corners, Eubanks did his part to protect the rim against All-Star Julius Randle:

Eubanks also is becoming a more reliable rim-running big that gives the Spurs guards a capable target:

Lonnie Walker IV: Lonnie’s contributions may be crucial in a single elimination game and it’ll likely be his shooting and playmaking that would need to be the difference-maker:

But of course it is his finishing prowess that many of us want to see happen more often, too:

DeMar DeRozan: DeRozan’s contributions in the closing minutes has kept the team in so many games this season and this needs to be recognized:

Keldon Johnson: Johnson’s ability to finish in tight quarters may be the thing that keeps us close or pushes us into the lead in the upcoming play-in game. He nearly pulled it off last night:

He also became the fitfh fastest player in franchise history (behind some very familiar names) to get to 1000 career points:

Speaking of which, for all of us that want the play-in to happen for our beloved Spurs, this was the best highlight of the evening from our snarky friends with Sacramento Kings twitter:

Here’s to the Spurs finishing the season strong in a weekend miniseries at home against the Suns and getting playoff ready for either the Grizzlies or the Warriors next week!