Game Preview: New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs

Bruce Bennett

In Carmelo Anthony's first game back after missing three games with an ankle injury, it might take more than he can provide for the struggling Knicks to leave San Antonio with a win.

San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
January 2, 2014, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The second of the New York City roundball teams rolls into the Alamo City, hoping to surprise the Spurs on their home court. The more likely outcome is something in the vein of the 113-92 woodshed whipping Brooklyn suffered at the hands of the Spurs on New Year's Eve.

The last time the two teams faced off, the Knicks lost to San Antonio 120-89 in Madison Square Garden, so this rendition could get rough for the Knickerbockers, especially with the absences due to injury of Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, and Metta World Peace. The one asset present tonight that the Knicks didn't have in the first go-around is Tyson Chandler, who is coming off a 16 point outing and still provides his usual stout defensive presence.

The Spurs have had their struggles against the elite of the league, going 3-6 so far against teams who currently have 20+ wins, but they also have not lost to a team with a sub .500 record all season. The Spurs (25-7) are on a three-game winning streak, while the Knicks (9-21) have lost three in a row.

Keys to the Game:
  • The Knicks are guard-poor right now, so our plethora of guards could hypothetically run them out of the gym. Iman Shumpert can't guard everybody, right?
  • Two out of the last three games, Amar'e Stoudemire has dropped 20+. Just in case you missed it.
  • Will the Spurs improve defensively? They've been giving up 102 ppg over the last several weeks. Of course, the Knicks are giving up 104. The Spurs held Melo to 16 points in the first matchup, his lowest output of the season, but that was back when we were holding teams to 90 ppg.
  • Fingers crossed, knock on wood, salt over the shoulder that no one gets hurt. The Spurs have everyone healthy right now. I feel like I just jinxed them by saying it.
Fun Facts:
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Marco Belinelli
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Tiago Splitter

Key Bench Players
Manu Ginobili
Boris Diaw
Danny Green

Head Coach
Gregg Popovich

Lineups

Starters
PG: Beno Udrih
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Andrea Bargnani
C: Tyson Chandler

Key Bench Players
J.R. Smith
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
Kenyon Martin

Head Coach

Mike Woodson

Read Matthew Tynan's preseason write-up of the Knicks here.

Knicks' perspective can be found at Posting and Toasting.

Knicks vs Spurs coverage

Game Prediction: Spurs by 14

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area. Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate.

Get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment:

Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com

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