This Game Is About More than Just Lin

Chris Alvino

The focus in the media for tonight’s game is primarily surrounding Jeremy Lin and his first game against his old team.  We all know his situation – we all lived through it.

We all know what he meant to this team and this city.  More importantly, we all know what this team and this city meant to him in his rise to fame.  There is no need for me to delve deeper into any of that.

From where I sit, I view this game as being about much more than Jeremy Lin or Ray Felton.  To me, I view this game as a very important one for a Knicks team coming off a tough loss on Wednesday night – a loss in a game that was very, very much winnable game.

Tonight, the Knicks face a mediocre Rockets team in the process of a rebuild.  Beating the Rockets tonight has a deeper meaning that just beating Lin.  Elite teams take care of business against weaker teams.  In the midst of a tough schedule, the Knicks need to handle games like tonight’s.  I understand that teams cannot win every night.  Even the best teams lose from time to time.  The key is to show bounce back ability.  The key is to avoid losing streaks.

The Rockets have talent and James Harden is a tough assignment for Ronnie Brewer, JR Smith and Jason Kidd. Top down though, the Knicks should be able to nab a W tonight.  The Knicks will close out November with 5 games against Houston, Detroit, Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Washington. Am I wrong to think the Knicks can go 4-1 in that stretch?

A win tonight would be a good start.