Pre-Game: Knicks vs. Bobcats- 11/5/13

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Don't lose, guys.

The Knicks play the Bobcats tonight, then again on Friday. They should win both games because the Bobcats are bad. There exists, however, a decent chance that they won't win both games because even a bad team could beat the Knicks if they keep playing crowded offense and delinquent defense. A team led by Kemba Walker and stocked with fast, sneaky types like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor seems a little dangerous, does it not? Oh god, and they have Ramon Sessions. Don't fall into this trap, Knicks, because it's definitely a trap. Use that preseason loss as motivation if you must.

Some things:

- The starting five, unless Mike Woodson makes a last-minute change, will be Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Andrea Bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler. I'm listing Bargnani third in an effort to voodoo him into playing more like a small forward on offense. Spread the floor, sir.

- Al Jefferson is out for Charlotte and it looks like they'll start Bismack Biyombo alongside Josh McRoberts up front.

- J.R. Smith rode a CitiBike to the Garden. Not sure riding a shitty bike around Manhattan is the best way to treat a rehabilitated knee, but okay.

- Two great pre-game reads on things we've been grumbling about over here for the last week: Chris Herring on the Knicks' lack of spacing and how it ruins everything and Kevin McElroy on their determination to avoid those consistently successful two-point-guard lineups.

- The Rufus on Fire preview and ruthless pre-game diss rap are both worth a look.

Tip-off's at 7:30. Game thread coming soon!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Posting and Toasting

You must be a member of Posting and Toasting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Posting and Toasting. You should read them.

Join Posting and Toasting

You must be a member of Posting and Toasting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Posting and Toasting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker