Tonight at 7 p.m. ET the Knicks face the crosstown rival Nets at the Barclays Center. Both the Knicks (3-13) and Nets (5-13) enter this game as — how Carmelo Anthony so eloquently put it — the “laughing stock” of the NBA.
The Knicks have dropped nine straight games, and according to reports, a 10th — against the Nets — could cost Mike Woodson his job. More troubling for the Knicks offense, which is averaging 92 points per game during the skid, is that J.R. Smith may not see the court, should Woodson opt to rest his shooter.
The Nets will be without Paul Pierce, who is out about two weeks with a broken bond in his hand, and Deron Williams, who has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. Brooklyn has lost three of their last five, and last year split the season series with New York 2-2.
NY: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani
BK: Tyshawn Taylor, Joe Johnson, Alan Anderson, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez