The Knicks defeated the Lakers in early February, 92-80, but that was before
Instead, Fisher is relying on players like Alexey Shved, Langston Galloway and
The Lakers will play without Nick Young (knee), while
Injuries have plagued Bargnani through his Knicks tenure, but this late stretch has given him a chance to show his skills.
The Lakers will probably start Tarik Black on Bargnani, with
Hill has been solid through six games in March, averaging 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds a game, though he's shooting just 43.8% from the field.
Shved scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists on Tuesday in a loss to the
With the Knicks he's averaging 9.9 points a game while shooting 40.0% from the field and 29.8% from three-point range. While he's not much of an outside threat, Shved is also getting the chance to show that he's a better players than his numbers would suggest.
Meanwhile, Lakers rookie guard
The Lakers also recently signed Clarkson's Missouri backcourt mate, Jabari Brown, to a 10-day contract. He could get his first regular-season minutes against New York.
The Knicks are not a good basketball team.
The Lakers have been competitive for the past month while struggling to close out games in the final minutes. They should be able to handle the Knicks on Thursday night.