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Game Thread: Knicks vs. Lakers- 12/13/12

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The Knicks start their homestand with the Lakers in town.

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Good evening, friends! The Knicks start a week-and-a-half-long, six-game homestand tonight with the Los Angeles Lakers in town. The game is rife with narrative-- Mike D'Antoni, Chris Duhon, Jordan Hill, and several protozoans in Jordan Hill's hair will all be returning to Madison Square Garden-- but none greater than the polar early-season expectation:performance profiles of the two teams. The Lakers were supposed to be great and they've been pretty bad. The Knicks were supposed to be okay and they've been great.

Every Lakers fan I've heard from expects L.A.-- losers of five of their last six-- to crumble against the Knicks. Their defense has been truly awful for a little while now, and the Knicks run one of the best offenses in the league. The Lakers are also very turnover prone and the Knicks very good at forcing turnovers.

...yet I fear the worst. I don't know why. I guess it takes me more than a wonderful quarter-season to rid me of my fearful instincts. I'm particularly worried about this one. Kobe Bryant always scares me. We'll see whether I'm being silly or not.

Tip-off tonight is at 8 and the game is on TNT and TNT alone. Comment here andcheck out the superb Silver Screen and Roll. Please don't post large photos, .gifs, or links to illegal streams in the thread.

Go the Knicks!