Happy New Year, New York Knicks! For your first full week of 2011 you get to face the NBA's best team, the San Antonio Spurs and then out west for a road trip that will include a stop in Los Angeles to face the defending champion Lakers.
The week starts with the amazing Spurs coming to Madison Square Garden Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET). The Spurs are an NBA-best 29-4, even as the great Tim Duncan begins to show signs of decline, averaging a career-low 13.6 points per game. Duncan is still hauling down 9.4 rebounds per game. Manu Ginobli (18.7 points) and Tony Parker (17.7) are helping to pick up the slack.
Next 5 Games
|San Antonio||Tue 01/04||7:30 PM EST|
|@ Phoenix||Fri 01/07||10:30 PM EST|
|@ Los Angeles Lakers||Sun 01/09||9:30 PM EST|
|@ Portland||Tue 01/11||10:00 PM EST|
|@ Utah||Wed 01/12||9:00 PM EST|
Last 5 Games
|Indiana||Sun 01/02||W 98 - 92|
|@ Orlando||Thu 12/30||L 103 - 112|
|@ Miami||Tue 12/28||L 98 - 106|
|Chicago||Sat 12/25||W 103 - 95|
|Oklahoma City||Wed 12/22||W 112 - 98|
The Knicks then begin a four-game west coast trip with games at Phoenix Friday night and in LA against against Kobe Bryant and the feuding Lakers Sunday night. Phoenix is 14-18, while the Lakers are unsatisfying 23-11. After a loss on Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies, coach Phil Jackson said Bryant "has to screw up the gae" with too much one-on-one, while Bryant said "I'm not buying any of that Zen (bulls---)."
Should be a fun week.