Week 11 has kicked around in the NBA and this means only a month and a half left of regular season action. Once again on Australian television, the San Antonio Spurs dominate proceedings as they feature in both games shown on ESPN this week for Aussie NBA fans.
Game: New York Knicks @ San Antonio Spurs Time: 12:30pm AEDT (ESPN) Linsanity returns to Australian TV for the first time since the Knicks point guard lit up MSG against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to the tune of 38pts. Now it's time for the Spurs and their All-Star point guard Tony Parker to quieten the hype around New York's prodigal son. The Knicks have been struggling a little of late since the return of Carmelo Anthony, while the Spurs are looking to secure their playoff spot within the next couple of weeks. Who to Watch For Spurs SG Manu Ginobli - The Spurs shooting guard has been fighting the injury bug this season, appearing in only ten games. Although he isn't averaging the amount of points he would like to be a player with his class should get back to his scoring ways (barring injury of course). I think he will hit his stride in this game to help his team to a win. Knicks PG Jeremy Lin - Although still a presence in the NBA world, Linsanity has halted somewhat since the All-Star break. For instance, Lin has not recorded a 20 point game since Feb 20th, a stretch where the Knicks have gone 2-4. His assist numbers are still quite consistent, and his general output is very solid, however it's clear that he probably can't duplicate the numbers he put up while Carmelo was out of the lineup. Prediction I expect the Spurs to win this one, with the result not decided till the final minutes. Although the Knicks probably have the most talent out of the two sides, San Antonio have a better idea as to how to work effectively as a team. Tip - Spurs by 8
Game: Los Angeles Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs Time: 12:30pm AEDT (ESPN) Lob City hopes to put on a show this Saturday with a chance to get closer to the top of the Western Conference alongside the Spurs and the front-running Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers finish off the week with by far their most difficult challenge after facing relatively sub-par teams in Minnesota and New Jersey. The Spurs meanwhile will be looking to try and creep close to that #1 seed in the West with a win over a side they will possibly see down the track in the postseason. Who to Watch For Clippers PG Chris Paul - Argubly the most beneficial acqusition for any team over the offseason, CP3 has turned around one of the league's worst franchises into a strong contender for a Western Conference championship. His expereince and knowledge of the game has just been what the Clippers needed on their relatively young roster. His partership with Blake Griffin is among the best twosomes in the league and his 3.79 assist/turnover ratio makes him one of the most efficient players in the NBA. His matchup with fellow All-Star teammate Tony Parker will be key. Prediction A great contest here will go down to the wire with the home side picking up their second victory in as many days. Tip- Spurs by 1-5