Game #54: Knicks vs. Warriors

When: 8:00 PM

Where: Madison Square Garden

Network: MSG, ESPN

Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

Warriors (33-24)

PG: Stephen Curry

SG: Klay Thompson122811_knicks_udohwright

SF: Harrison Barnes

PF: Draymond Green

C: Andris Biedrins

Knicks (33-20)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Jason Kidd

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Tyson Chandler

Matthew Falkenbury

“OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called “two in a row”. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a “winning streak”… It has happened before!” Lou Brown in Major League 2

As the Knicks get back to action tonight against the Golden State Warriors after their win over the 76ers on Sunday, that quote happened to come to mind.

After finally ending their losing streak you would think that things are all of a sudden much better and the problems the Knicks have had are all fixed.

Sadly, that happens to be not true. Jrue Holliday had no problem dominating against the Knicks and Evan Turner was solid as well. Of course, since the talent in Philly is non existent for the most part, they got no help and the Sixers lost.

The Knicks won a game by six they they should have won by 26 and after going up by 20 two minutes into the third, were out-scored the rest of the way by 14.

A win is a win, and after losing four in a row, it should not matter how a win to break that streak ends it. But, with the schedule about to get a lot tougher, the things that have plagued the Knicks still need to be fixed.

For the Warriors, they happened to be in a fighting mood last night when they took on the Pacers. Thanks to a glorified shoving match that happened a little too close to the crowd for the NBA’s liking, Once a Knick, Always a Knick David Lee was suspended for tonight’s game.

Lee, the best post player on the Warriors wont be missed too much from the Knicks standpoint. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been post players that have been causing the problems recently.

With Stephen Curry playing at an All-Star Level, Jarrett Jack coming of the bench and lighting up the world the Warriors present a point guard combo that can give the Knicks plenty of trouble. Couple that with the play of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes and you have a recipe that could be disastrous if the Knicks defense doesn’t show up to play.

Also, be prepared to see plenty of three pointers from both teams as the Knicks (6th) and the Warriors (1st) are at the top at three point field goal percentage in the NBA.

The Warriors are the kind of team that can give the Knicks fits all night, with or without David Lee. It’s going to be interesting to see if they can slow down Once a Knick, Always a Knick Mark Jackson’s bunch, get their second win in a row and get closer to a winning streak.

Five Questions About Tonight’s Game

  1. How in the world will the Knicks perimeter defense stop Stephen Curry?
  2. Will Jason Kidd continue to struggle with his shot?
  3. How will the suspension of David Lee effect the Warriors?
  4. Will Kenyon Martin make his Knicks debut and how will he look?
  5. Can Melo keep getting to the free throw line like he did in the last game versus the 76ers ?