When: 8:00 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Jeff Teague
SF: Kyle Korver
PF: Josh Smith
C: Al Horford
Raymond Felton Pablo Prgioni
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: James White
PF: Chris Copeland
C: Earl Barron
This regular season of “first time in a long time” moments for the New York Knicks will reach its end tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.
This game, much like the one on Monday, means nothing to the Knicks. The starting lineup you see above basically gives that away.
The game does mean something to the Hawks who lost last night to the Raptors. They are now tied with the Bulls for the #5 spot in the East, with the Bulls owning the tiebreaker.
A win tonight over the Knicks coupled with a Bulls loss to the Wizards gives the Hawks the five seed and a date with the Nets in the 4-5 match up. A loss or a Bulls win means a date with the Pacers in the 3-6 match up.
I personally would love to beat the Hawks just so the Nets have to deal with the Bulls and then the Heat have to deal with them as well. But, we all know the Knicks don’t care about all that and nor should they.
This game is all about getting the guys who have rode the bench all year or are at the end of the playoff rotation a chance to play.
It is about seeing what Once a Knick, Always a Knick and now returning as Knicks, Quentin Richardson and Earl Barron have left. It’s to see what they can provide in case they are called upon in the playoffs in case of an injury emergency.
It has been a long, winding, and crazy road that the Knicks have traversed this season. When you consider all they have accomplished while dealing with all that they have, it is impressive.
They earned a chance to rest the stars and rest the injured players so that they can get to 100%. It will be important to be healthy and rested considering how tough a series it could be with the Boston Celtics.
Hey, if anything, you will always remember this day as the day Q-Rich made his triumphant return to the Garden. So you have that going for you, which is nice.
Enjoy the game!
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Can Chris Copeland solidify his spot in the playoff rotation?
- Will Iman Shumpert finish the season strong?
- Do the Hawks really want to end up on the Heat side of the bracket?
- How will Quentin Richardson look?
- Can the playoffs just start already?