4 Facts to Know for Knicks-Spurs

The Knicks open 2018 at home against the Spurs.

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1 No Place Like Home

Following a three-game road trip, the Knicks return home where they are 15-6 this season.

They are one of only four teams that has 15 wins at home this season.  

2 You Again

Wally Szczerbiak, Alan Hahn and Bill Pidto take a look at how a 12-2 run in the third quarter and the play of Pau Gasol propelled the Spurs over the Knicks.

These teams met last Thursday in San Anontio, with the Spurs winning 119-107.

Michael Beasley scored 23 points off the bench for the Knicks, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 25 for the Spurs.

3 Bounce Back

The Knicks frontcourt duo of Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter struggled last week in San Antonio. 

Kanter had just 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Porzingis had 17 points on 6-16 shooting and fouled out in the fourth quarter. 

New York will need more out of them tonight, especially with the Spurs getting a boost to their lineup. 

4 THE RETURN OF THE CLAW

Kawhi Leonard sat out when these teams played last week but is expected to play tonight.

After missing the first 27 games of the season, the Spurs have eased the All-Star back into the lineup but he played a season-high 28 minutes Saturday against the Pistons.

However, Leonard’s return hasn’t quite coincided with success, as San Antonio is just 2-4 with him in the lineup.