2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Spurs

The 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs currently have the largest point differential in National Basketball Association history. That’s kind of nuts, especially when you consider that they’re four games back of the first place team in their conference. They also very possibly will have to play a Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook Thunder team in the second round of the playoffs. The NBA can be a fickle mistress.

Anyhow, that is what the Knicks are up against tonight. However, and here is the important part, the Knicks are in the midst of their best three-game stretch in years, destroying a good Atlanta team and an even better Miami team, a Miami team who they don’t normally match up well against, so hell, who the heck knows, right? It’s not like the Spurs never lose. Okay, they haven’t lost at home in a gazillion years, but they do lose. The Knicks beat the Spurs last year!

So let’s practice battle cries for the game. I’m currently going with, “Let’s lower their point differential a tiny bit!” What do you all have?

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.08)

  • [New York Post] Are Knicks playoff contenders? Win over Spurs would help case (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 01:09:55 -0500)

    SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks have gone from league laughingstocks to contenders for the East's eighth seed. Friday night in Alamo City, the Knicks can stamp themselves as the dark-horse club none of the East's giants would care to battle in the first round if they can be the first team this season to go…

  • [New York Times] Defensive-Minded Bulls Top Celts for Sixth in a Row (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:57:37 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls are becoming an offensive juggernaut but they are quick to credit their defense for a season-high six-game winning streak and a rapid rise up the NBA’s scoring rankings.

  • [New York Times] Harden’s 33 Points Lead Rockets to Victory (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:48:37 GMT)

    James Harden tallied a game-high 33 points and the Houston Rockets wrangled control in the second half by quickening the tempo to surge past the Utah Jazz 103-94 on Thursday at Toyota Center.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:42:40 GMT)

    Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Kings Blow Big Lead, Beat Lakers in Kobe’s Sacramento Finale (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:30:41 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings blew all of a 27-point lead in the second half before beating the Los Angeles Lakers 118-115 on Thursday night in Kobe Bryant’s last Sacramento appearance.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bulls Extend Winning Streak to Six Games, Downing Celtics (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 04:40:09 GMT)

    The Bulls beat the Boston Celtics, 101-92, on Thursday night in Chicago for their sixth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Beat Jazz Again, 103-94 (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 03:52:20 GMT)

    James Harden scored 33 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Rose Lead Way as Bulls Beat Celtics 101-92 (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 03:34:47 GMT)

    Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Rout 76ers 126-98 to End Two-Game Skid (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 02:39:47 GMT)

    Kent Bazemore scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Al Horford had 18 apiece and the Atlanta Hawks blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 126-98 on Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: From new Melo to MIA Phil, five thoughts on Knicks (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:48:10 GMT)

    Here’s a statement only a chaos theorist could’ve foreseen last year: if the Knicks were in the West, they’d be in a playoff spot today.

  • [New York Daily News] Crips boss seen with ex-Knicks president Isiah Thomas in pic (Fri, 08 Jan 2016 03:05:10 GMT)

    Ex-Knicks president Isiah Thomas’ name and face surfaced in a photo shown during the hearing of a Crips gang leader.