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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks

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The Spurs are winners of seven of their last eight, as they begin the week playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. Let's hope they take care of business early in order to rest up for a significantly greater challenge tomorrow against the Bucks.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

Disclaimer: I haven't watched a single Knicks game this season. To prepare for this preview, I read some of SBNation's Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting (some hilarious write-ups), watched Escape from New York and drank three-and-a-half Brooklyn Lagers.

It's been another tough year for Knicks fans. After starting out 2-1, the team's season quickly became a tailspin. With Carmelo on ice, and key parts shipped off for pennies on the dollar, the gutted, lifeless roster resembles something from a Queens fish market. Their current starting lineup consists of two-time Austin Toro Lance Thomas, undrafted rookie Langston Galloway, 11-team NBA viking Lou AmundsonYoutube wunderkind Alexey Shved and former number one pick Andrea Bargnani. There hasn't been an update on the status of Tim Hardaway Jr., who injured his wrist when the Knicks last played against Phoenix and isn't likely to be rushed back, taking away one of the team's few threats from deep and leaving a thin wing rotation looking even more grim.

Suffice it to say, this is a group of guys who don't score very well, ranking second-to-last in the league in that category. The offense, which is based around ball movement (second in the NBA in touches per game -- the Spurs are third, if you're curious), still sees the rock end too often in the unpredictable hands of Shved, or relying on the lethargic Bargnani to create.

The Knicks' greatest advantage this season might be a city whose nightlife can get the best of imprudent visiting NBA players, but it's not one that'll really work against a team that's probably got the earliest self-imposed bed time in the league. And even if they do stay up late frogging around Times Square, it's hard to say who plays tonight for San Antonio. Manu is out with a sprained right ankle, and there's a chance any of the other Big Four sit (as they did the last time the two teams played, when Marco Belinelli scored a game-high 22 points).

So why are you watching this game? Because MSG recalls fond memories of 1999; because the Spurs might score 130; because you might see Tom Hanks and Kate Upton discussing draft prospects courtside over some steak nachos? Pick a reason, tune in, and hopefully San Antonio can have this one sealed sooner rather than later.

vs.

New York Knicks (13-53)

San Antonio Spurs (40-23)

March 17, 2015

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

6:30 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Langston Galloway

PG

Tony Parker

Alexey Shved

SG

Danny Green

Lance Thomas

SF

Kawhi Leonard

Lou Amundson

PF

Boris Diaw

Andrea Bargnani

C

Tim Duncan


For the Knicks perspective, please visit Posting and Toasting.

Game prediction: Spurs by 19.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher (for real this time), and you can get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment: Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com