The San Antonio Spurs closed their seven-match road trip with a 111: 96 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
For San Antonio, this is the third loss in a row that closed its road trip with a balance of 1-6.
“Three-quarters played hard, held on, and I really couldn’t expect much more under the circumstances,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “I wanted more, but it would be silly to expect more.”
San Antonio played without seven players, including six players in health and safety protocols. As a result, Dejounte Murray scored 24 points and Lonnie Walker IV added 15 for Spurs.
RJ Barrett gave Spurs the defense everything she could handle and scored 31 points, including 17 in the second half. Evan Fournier added 18 points when the Knicks postponed the Spurs by leading 18-2 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Despite completing a road trip with a score of 1-6, Popovich is happy with his team to keep it together and to fight injuries and the COVID-19 protocol.
“I think they have improved in many areas,” he said. “Some of the losses we had on this trip will turn into winnings when we get the boys back.”
Like Murray, who missed time with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, he hasn’t missed a minute since his return, and it’s expected to be the same when other players return.
“It’s definitely impressive,” Jakob Poeltl told Spurs Center Murray. “I know from personal experience how difficult it is to get back after such a long session. But for him, it was as if he had never been gone … He immediately looked like himself. “
The San Antonio Spurs are now in the 15-25 season and will return to the court Wednesday night at 7.30pm when they return home to face the Houston Rockets.