From the left corner of the floor, Evan Fournier hit twice behind the arc a few seconds apart, to give New York seven points ahead of Cleveland (85-78, 32nd). But that was not enough for the Knicks and the rear of the Blues, overthrown by the Cavaliers (108-121) in a one-sided last quarter, lost 15-37 by Tom Thibodeau’s men. With 16 points (6 of 9 shooting), Fournier finished co-leading scorer in the New York franchise.
” We have to be better at the simple things: setting the screens, making passes with the right timing, creating space. These little things that can help us », reacted the captain of the Blues to the Euroidentifier “half-court attack” as one of the main projects for his franchise, balanced in the Eastern Conference (3 wins – 3 losses). Sent in defense on Donovan Mitchell, Fournier also suffered in the face of the insolent success of the All-Star rear (38 points, 12 of 20 shooting), untenable since the start of the season.
San Antonio, bugbear of Minnesota and Gobert
After seven matches in the jersey of Minnesota, San Antonio has established itself as the pet peeve of Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves. The French pivot and his franchise conceded their second defeat in as many confrontations with Gregg Popovich’s Spurs this season (98-107). Sunday evening, in Texas, the triple defender of the year signed his smallest offensive game since the recovery (9 points, 12 rebounds). He also suffered a counter from Keldon Johnson on a dunk attempt, as a symbol of a difficult evening in shooting (4 out of 11).
In Michigan, Killian Hayes participated in the beautiful victory of Detroit over Golden State, defending champion (128-114). The leader trained in Cholet played 18 minutes off the bench for 4 points (2 out of 7 shooting) and 5 assists. Still affected in the right ankle, Frank Ntilikina has not yet played a single minute this season with Dallas, winner of Orlando (114-105). Sunday afternoon, Nicholas Batum (3 points, 2 rebounds) and Moussa Diabate lost with the Los Angeles Clippers against New Orleans (91-112).