When: 10:30 PM
Where: Oracle Arena
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: David Lee
C: Andrew Bogut
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: James White
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Welcome back Carmelo Anthony, it’s nice to see you again. Please don’t get injured again or worse for the rest of the season. Thanks.
The five game West Coast trip that we have been talking about over and over for the past couple of weeks is finally here. The Knicks are in Oakland tonight for the beginning of this trip and get a chance to be reunited with Once a Knick, Always a Knick David Lee and Stephen Curry.
Obviously the big news for the Knicks is that after missing the past three games due to an injured knee, Melo is back. He did say that he is not 100% and may not be 100% again for at least this season, which sounds troubling. But, he knows his body better than anybody and feels ready to play.
The Knicks as a team are coming off a nice win over a disinterested Jazz team this past Saturday and with Amar’e and Melo out, they dominated from nearly beginning to end.
J.R. Smith was efficient, Kenyon Martin looked good on both sides of the ball and the team defense was very good as well. It was the kind of performance, without considering the effort from Utah, that showed us all that when this team is clicking, they can be very tough to beat.
Of course the key tonight, beyond how Melo looks in his return from injury, will be just how in the world they will attempt to stop Curry. After he shot the lights out at the Garden in the last meeting, he will be able to try to do it again and have some help along side him this time.
Once a Knick, Always a Knick David Lee, out last game and suspended in the last matchup is back tonight and Andrew Bogut, who missed the last matchup between these two teams as well is also back. Those two give the Warriors a much better interior presence this time around than what we saw when the Warriors came to MSG.
This stretch of games on this trip have been looked at, scrutinized, talked about and everything else under the sun. I’m ready to just see how the Knicks, who have been up and down for most of the season since going 18-5, attack a stretch most people seem to think could make or break them.
The playoff push has already begun, but it takes a step up in it’s intensity starting tonight.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- How will Melo look in his return from injury?
- What will Stephen Curry do for an encore to his 54 point explosion in the last game vs the Knicks?
- How will David Lee play in his return from an injury?
- Can Kenyon Martin keep up his strong play from the last two game?
- What will Coach Woodson do with his bench rotation?