Monday, November 06, 2006

Knicks vs. Spurs 11/6/06

Tonight the Knicks return to the Garden to face the Spurs coming off their awful performance against the Pacers on Saturday. It doesn't get any easier with SA coming into town with Duncan, Ginobili and Parker. The Spurs are coming off a good win against what will be a surprising Toronto team with Duncan scoring 13pts in the 4th quarter in route to a 103-94 victory. The Spurs have owned the Knicks having won five of the last six meetings with the Knicks.

Tonights game is important in the fact that the Knicks at least need to show some life coming off a bad loss. Let's face it, this team is not in the top half of the league, they are coming off a 20 win season, another coaching change, a lost lottery pick to the Bulls and have every sports reporter within a 20 mile radius critiquing every move made on and off the court this year. Those are the facts, they need to live with it. If Isaiah is going to miss the playoffs this year, which seems highly likely, the only thing he will have to stand upon is the ability to say that his team came out and played hard night in and night out. This is one of those nights. Show some progress, I would like to see players like Nate Robinson, David Lee and even Renaldo Balkman play better in their 60th game than they did in their 6th game. That would show me two things: 1) Isaiah is able to coach them up on the fundamentals of the game which has clearly been lacking the past few years and 2) they have enough respect for their coach to work on their games and also buy into the system that is currently in place.

The starting lineups for the game tonight look like this:

PG Parker Marbury
SG Ginobili Francis
SF Bowen Richardson
PF Duncan Frye
C Oberto Curry

Jared Jeffries (wrist) Out
Jermone James (foot) Questionable
Parker (ankle) Day to Day


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