When: 7:00 PM
Where: Phillips Arena
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Jeff Teague
SF: Kyle Korver
PF: Josh Smith
C: Al Horford
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
The Knicks have not won 10 games or more in a row since winning 15 in a row in March and April in the 1993-1994 season. That season ended with the Knicks as Eastern Conference champions and one win away from winning an NBA Title.
If the Knicks of 2013 can reach those same marks as that 1994 team, plus that one win that eluded the 94 team, that would be great.
But, before we get way ahead of ourselves, there is a game in MSG South….er I mean Phillips Arena against the Atlanta Hawks which could be a possible playoff preview.
I would think that if this is the 1st round match up for the Knicks this season, then we all will be very happy. I’m on record saying that I think the Knicks not only would beat the Hawks in a playoff series, but sweep them.
Now the Hawks have had a great season considering they traded away Joe Johnson for spare parts and had to rely on the good and yet erratic game of Josh Smith to lead them.
You add in the fact that Al Horford has been battling injuries this year, you have to give them credit for not only being in the playoffs once again, but being in the hunt for home court in the first round.
The Knicks last played them in January and thanks to Carmelo Anthony going off from behind the arc and Josh Smith committing some big mistakes down the stretch, they were able to get a win at the Garden.
Playing tonight on the road after a hard fought win the night before against the Wade and James-less Heat will not be easy, especially late in the season.
But the Knicks have been able to defy normal NBA protocol for the most part this season when it comes to the assumptions of how teams will perform in certain situations.
I figure getting win number 10 in a row tonight wont be the easiest of tasks, but it should be doable. The Magic number to clinch the Atlantic is down to five, lets hope it goes down to at least four when this one is over.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- How will Chandler look in the second game of a back to back?
- Can Melo back up his 50 point game with another big performance?
- Can the Knicks keep Jeff Teague in check?
- How will Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony deal with Josh Smith?
- Can J.R. get his shooting back on track after two off games?