The New York Knicks (21-10) will look to put a stop to its recent losing woes on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. However, the task will certainly not be an easy one, as the club will have to attempt to do so against the red-hot San Antonio Spurs (26-8).
Although the return of Amare Stoudamire has received a brunt of mainstream attention for the Knicks, New York may have to look to other team members to shore up its ailing defense.
The returning power forward, whose known mostly for his abilities on offense, is less than likely to solve New York's defensive woes. After giving up 96.1 points per game during its 18-5 start, the team has allowed 100 or more in each of its losses while going 3-5 in the process.
During his 17 minutes off the bench, Stoudamire put up six points while shooting 3-of-8 from the field along with one rebound.
"I felt good. The game felt like it was going 100 mph that first half. Had a couple of easy-looking shots, open shots, just a little bit rusty, wasn't able to knock those down. But the second half was better than my first half. Hopefully my second game will be better than my first game," Stoudamire told ESPN.
Coach Mike Woodson was vocal about his disappointment over the club's backcourt.
"Forget the offense, we scored enough points. Defensively, we are not where we were earlier in the season. You can't keep spotting teams 20-plus point leads and think you will come back," he said.
The Knicks will try to avoid its third consecutive loss, which would be its longest streak of the season.
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