When: 7:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
PG: John Wall
SG: Garrett Temple
SF: Martell Webster
C: Emeka Okafor
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Kenyon Martin
Tonight is the night we have been waiting for all season. Don’t let the Nets fans or the negative people who harp on the Knicks tell you winning a division title is not important. Don’t let them tell you nobody cares.
We care. The Knicks care because they have talked about it everyday since the beginning of training camp. It has been 19 years since this franchise won the division and thirteen years since they won anything of significance.
This team was doubted time and time again by the experts and even by some of us for what were perceived weaknesses and struggles they would have this year.
At times we were right and even though those things that we worried about came true, the same thing always seemed to happen.
The Knicks got up, dusted themselves off, and kept pushing, kept fighting and most importantly kept winning to the point now where we are on the door step of an elusive Atlantic Division Title.
The Wizards, 25-20 in their last 45 games will not be an easy team to defeat this evening. They have been much better since John Wall returned. Recently he has been giving the Wizards fans hope for a much brighter future.
They have a team that when given any kind of small opening, or if they are given any kind of confidence, they will take advantage of it and shock the team they are playing.
The Knicks know this already. So do the Heat, Thunder, Bulls, Nets and Pacers.
With Tyson Chandler out, resting because he felt sore after the Thunder game, and Kenyon Martin back, but on a 20-25 minute restriction, this game wont be too easy.
The interior defense of the Knicks will be tested by the slashing and speedy Wall and their perimeter defense will be tested as well to stay home and not allow open threes on kick outs.
With Melo and J.R. Smith providing a one-two punch the Knicks have not seen since the 1970′s era teams of Clyde and Pearl, they will always be in good shape to win a game, no matter the injuries.
But, tonight is about accomplishing a goal that Coach Woodson told them was what the regular season was about.
It is about finally ending this drought, so long that teams no longer in the division have won more Atlantic titles than the Knicks since 1994, tonight.
It’s about achieving another “first time in a long time” accomplishment that has had a season full of them
Enjoy the game!
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Can anybody on the Wizards stop Carmelo Anthony?
- How will Kenyon Martin look in his return from Injury?
- Will the Knicks be able to keep John Wall under control?
- Will Martell Webster or Trevor Ariza be able to troll the Knicks again?
- Can Copeland keep up his strong play from the Thunder game?