The New York Knicks have sputtered recently, losing three of their last four with defense largely to blame.
Though Amare Stoudemire's return is grabbing attention, New York may have to look elsewhere to shore up that end of the court on Thursday night as it hosts the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, one of the league's best offensive teams.
The Knicks (21-10) still own an impressive 12-3 home record, but all three defeats have come in their last five games at Madison Square Garden. Stoudemire made his season debut there Tuesday against Portland and Carmelo Anthony tied a season high with 45 points after sitting out the previous two games, but New York couldn't overcome a 19-point deficit in a 105-100 loss.
Anthony had been out with a hyperextended left knee. Stoudemire, who averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last season, was playing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in October.
Stoudemire scored six points on 3-of-8 shooting and grabbed one rebound, with New York get...