When you have a really bad loss (and last night’s game was probably the Knicks’ worst loss of the season) then it is sometimes a real boon to have a game the next day to get the taste of suck out of your mouth. This is hopefully the case tonight when the Knicks host the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks have played well recently, but they’re dealing with the loss of Lou Williams, which hurt their chances a lot of making some real noise in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have owned the Hawks in recent years. This is oddly the first meeting between the two teams this season.
I think the Hawks will work well as a sort of gauge of where the Knicks are. Are the Knicks in the upper echelon of the East or are they in the mix with teams like the Hawks? We will find out tonight!
Carmelo Anthony, by the way, is trying to set the record for the most consecutive 20 point games in Knick history. If he scores 20 tonight he tie Richie Guerin for the record! It is a sort of a fluky record, but it is still impressive (if only because it is so hard to do).