Open Thread Day: Fanatics Live Blog Knicks v. Spurs (NOON)

Knicks v. Spurs

J.R. Smith makes his return to the Knicks this afternnon in a face-off with the 5-1 Spurs:  Coach Woodson has indicated that Smith, who says he still lacks explosiveness, will come off the bench and be limited to 30 minutes of action for now.

Woodson liked the winning starting lineup of Carmelo Anthony, Pablo Prigiani, Raymond Felton, Andrea Bargnani and Imam Shumpert, so he will go with them against the Spurs.  

Although the Spurs are 5-1, Manu Ginobli has been struggling.  He is shooting 8-13 in the previous three games and averaging 7.0 points during that span.  Duncan only scored 8 points in his lat games, but the Spurs won and that is all that counts in the standings.