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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani to Start Versus San Antonio Spurs

January 2nd, 2014 at 5:20 PM
By Matt Agne

The New York Knicks have dealt with a lot of injuries this season. However, before they play the San Antonio Spurs this evening they'll be welcoming back two of their key players. Andrea Bargani and Carmelo Anthony will be returning to the Knicks' starting five tonight as New York takes on Gregg Popovich's squad.

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Carmelo Anthony is undoubtedly the number one scoring option on the New York Knicks. Since coming over from the Toronto Raptors, Andrea Bargnani has emerged as New York's second option. Bargnani thrived while Tyson Chandler was out hurt but since has greatly cooled off and found himself coming off the bench. However, tonight the Knicks will have their first two scoring options in the starting lineup when they face the powerful San Antonio Spurs.

Despite the fact that the Knicks weren't playing very well with him, New York has looked dreadful in the three games Anthony has missed with a sprained ankle. Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports Anthony will be in the starting lineup tonight versus the Spurs.

Something coach Mike Woodson has wanted to do all season was play a big lineup. He's envisioned a starting lineup with Anthony back at his natural position of small forward, Bargnani starting at power forward and Chandler as the defensive anchor at center.

Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News reports Woodson will be returning Bargnani to the starting lineup tonight versus the Spurs.

So there you have it. For those of you who hate small ball, the Knicks are going big. However, fans should know that the Knicks defense is quite bad when Anthony, Bargnani and Chandler are on the floor together.

That being said, this is clearly the frontcourt the Knicks front office envisioned when they traded for Bargnani. Lets hope it works because something needs to change if the Knicks are going to turn the 2013-14 season around.

Tags: Andrea Bargnani, Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Tyson Chandler

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