In stark contrast to Friday’s cage match with Golden State, the Spurs had no trouble capitalizing on the absence of Tyson Chandler to thoroughly rout the Knicks. It was the basketball equivalent of beating someone up and stealing their money, their shoes, and anything else with any value. The Spurs led 10-0 in the early minutes, 35-17 at the end of the first quarter and ultimately by as many as 37.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson was asked after the game if his team had played with any pride. His response was a flat “no.” Ever difficult to please, counterpart Gregg Popovich said he’d only give the Spurs a B plus or A minus even after they shot 53.8 percent, won the battle of the boards 51-33 and held the Knicks to 37.8 percent from the floor. Considering how early it still is, that’s probably the wise tact.

But regardless of how bad the Knicks might be — and without Chandler, they were pretty horrendous — this was our first consistent glimpse of the team that came so close to winning last year’s championship.