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Carmelo Anthony to return for Knicks Thursday; Bargnani to start, too

Jan 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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The New York Knicks have looked like a complete mess without Carmelo Anthony, who missed three games with a sprained ankle. Yes, I know they haven’t looked great with him but there are degrees of bad and the Knicks were plumbing new depths without ‘Melo.

So good news, as had been expected he will return Thursday night when the Knicks take on the San Antonio spurs. The team made it official at shootaround, as reported by Al Iannazzone of Newsday among others.

Also on Thursday coach Mike Woodson announced that Andrea Bargnani would be back in the starting lineup. The Knicks will start Beno Udrih, Iman Shumpert, and the big lineup of ‘Melo, Bargnani and Tyson Chandler up front.

For the record, in the 85 minutes this season Anthony, Bargnani and Chandler have all been on the court at the same time the Knicks have been outscored by an average of 7.9 points per 48 minutes, with a terrible defensive rating of 116.6 points allowed per 100 possessions. We’ll see how they look against the Spurs.

  1. yankees218 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    They’re playing the Spurs../

    • stoudemelo - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      One day PBT will hire real writers.

  2. fanofevilempire - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    The good thing is a few teams may want to make a trade for a player for a playoff push, the
    knickerbockers should scrap this team and sell off any parts that can bring back a draft pick.
    This season is toast and Melo is a free agent and he hasn’t done anything and don’t wait until
    it is too late and sign another long term contract and commit salary cap hell.

  3. jzone954 - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP!!’

  4. knicksdyinghard - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Knicks must play defense 1st from start to end of the game. They easily giving up. Never mind the team playing against or the scores — just a stats. Let’s GO TEAM!!!!

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