When: 7:00 PM
Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Dion Waiters
SF: Alonzo Gee
PF: Tristan Thompson
C: Tyler Zeller
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: James White
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Matthew Falkenbury, theKnicksBlog.com
As the month of March rolls on for the Knicks, there will be no time to dwell on any losses and celebrate any victories.
After a tough loss at home against the Heat on Sunday, the Knicks are back in action, this time in Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers.
Sandwiched around games against the Heat yesterday and the Thunder on Thursday the Cavs and Pistons loom for the Knicks. Although the Pistons are seriously no match for them, the Cavs do posses the kind of talent that could give the Knicks plenty of problems.
That talent is Kyrie Irving.
Irving, out the past three games with a hyper-extended knee, will return tonight and could once again put his stamp on the porous Knicks perimeter defense.
I say once again because during the 18-5 stretch earlier this season, Irving, wearing the mask you see above, tried to steal a win from the Knicks in December. He scored 41 points, 18 in the fourth to help the Cavs get close but Anderson Varejao missed a game tying free throw and they could not complete the comeback.
Tonight is an interesting game because of how the Knicks will respond on the second night of a back to back against a team they should honestly beat. With all the anticipation and energy used during the game against the Heat, can the Knicks build it back up to play at their best and get back to winning.
We have seen at times this season, the Knicks play down to their competition and turn games they should win into either maximum effort victories or demoralizing defeats.
The faults of the Knicks the past 33 games in their 17-16 run have been talked about ad nauseum. At this point it’s just who they are unless something drastic changes between now and when the season ends.
What this game means for the Knicks is to see if they can move on quickly from a tough loss and try to get a win on the road against a bad team. It wont be easy, but then again, when is it ever easy for the Knicks?
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- How will Kyrie Irving play in his return from a Knee Injury?
- How will the Knicks look after a tough loss in the second game of back to back?
- Which J.R. Smith will show up?
- Will Amar’e get some playing time in a close game in the fourth quarter?
- Can Jason Kidd build off his good performance against Miami?