When: 7:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Kemba Walker
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Josh McRoberts
C: Bismack Biyombo
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmello Anthony
C: Kenyon Martin
It is a sin in the NBA or any sport for the matter to look ahead when you have a game coming up but it’s hard not to for the Knicks.
After the hapless Bobcats leave the Garden, the Knicks will go on a five game stretch where they play Boston at home, in Miami, in Atlanta, Milwaukee at home and in Oklahoma City.
So with that tough stretch about to begin on Sunday and the lead in the division still at 2.5 games over the Nets, getting a seventh straight win tonight would be a good idea.
The Bobcats, who are actually 3-2 in their past five games and 4-4 in the past eight, are one of the worst teams in the league and are in a rebuilding process that will net them another top four pick. Of course this is one of the weaker drafts in recent memory, so they can’t even catch a break there.
The Knicks of course have to battle not only looking ahead to the week mentioned above but the Friday Night Knicks curse that was practically invented and cultivated with games like this one.
To be serious for only a moment, we all know that if the Knicks continue to play as well as they have the past six games, the Bobcats will out of this game by halftime.
J.R. has been playing like an All-NBA player, Melo is Melo, and the role players are filling in at a very high level as well. I mean unless they shoot terribly all night or don’t play a lick of defense, then they should be fine.
This is a trap game because you can easily see them overlooking the Bobcats and getting picked off if not careful. But, I don’t think that will be the case tonight because they are motivated to keep the division lead and defend home court.
Plus, they have another reason to get a win tonight as they want to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the greatest New York Knicks of all time Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Can J.R. Smith score 30+ off the bench for the third straight game?
- Will Melo’s shooting percentage be down again?
- Can the Knicks backcourt slow down Kemba Walker?
- Can Iman Shumpert’s good shooting the past two weeks keep going?
- Would Michael Jordan at 50 be the best player on the Bobcats?