Amar'e Stoudemire and Pablo Prigioni get the block on Tony Parker
When: November 10, 2013
Time: Noon ET
Where: Madison Square Garden
How to Watch: MSG
There's nothing better than a Sunday matinee at the Garden. Look for this game to be all that and more.
Following a great run to the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are going to be back and hungry for more. The Spurs will come to New York, looking to knock off a Knicks team who beat them in both contests last year. Like the Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs are one of the best-coached teams in the league, if not the best. Gregg Popovich always has his teams ready to compete, and with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker leading the way, they always will be great to watch.
The emergence of Kawhi Leonard in last year's playoffs also has a lot of people talking. Many expect Kawhi to take the next step this year, and if he does, the Spurs could find themselves right back in the talk for NBA supremacy. Look for Leonard to be matched up on Melo in this game, a matchup that will certainly show how much Kawhi has improved.
Another reason this game is on the list: It's the Knicks' sixth game of the year. Why does that matter? It matters because last year's Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, is back!
J.R. will be serving a suspension in the first five games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. While Smith clearly causes a lot of drama, the Knicks will need his game on the court to be successful. It will be exciting and intriguing to see how J.R. looks back on the court after the suspension and offseason knee surgery. With two top teams looking to repeat their successes from last year, this will be a great game.