[Editor's note: We had multiple game threads up earlier, but they're now consolidated, just so we can either rejoice or weep all together in one tidy e-place.]
Tonight’s game is big in so many ways. First off, most importantly is that the Knicks have lost four straight games so it is certainly always good to get a win when you’ve lost so many games in a row.
Secondly, this should be the introduction of Kenyon Martin as a Knick. With the Knicks’ lack of frontcourt depth (with Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace being out), Martin might play a very important role for this team. We’ll get our first look at him tonight (presumably).
Thirdly, the Nets (who sit a game behind the Knicks in the Atlantic Division) host Memphis tonight at the same time that the Knicks play the Sixers. A Nets loss and a Knicks win would be big.
Finally, the Bulls are in Oklahoma City tonight to face the Thunder. The Bulls are a game and a half back of the Knicks. The last time that the Knicks gained on two teams trailing them was, well, some time ago.
Let’s go Knicks!
Thomas B. adds:
In film school you learn to tell a story in a basic three act plot. The first act sets everything up, introduces you to the protagonists, and gives you just enough reason to root for them. The second act is the point where the protagonists are at their lowest point. They face a seemingly insurmountable foe and it seems that all is lost. In the third act, the protagonist overcome the adversity in a creative way. It’s a story we’ve seen many times. And those who tell that story best are being honored tonight.
If you split the NBA season into three parts of 27 games each (I know it should be 27.3 but lets just count the games against the Bobcats as the remainder we throw out), we are just about at the end of the second act with the 53rd game of the season, and boy boy does it feel like the lowest point. The Knicks are on a season high 4 game losing streak. The sharp shooting, crisp passing, and solid team defense of the first act all but gone. Don’t lose hope Knick faithful because the team can get an early start on the third act tonight with a home win against the Sixers.
Let our triumph over adversity begin. Your in-game thoughts here.