ESPN 5 on 5: Knicks-Heat
I was joined by Ethan Strauss, Israel Gutierrez, Brian Windhorst, and David Thrope to discuss tonight’s nightma…err… game. Check it!
With New York’s first game of the season postponed due to Sandy, the Knicks will open against the defending champion Heat on Friday night (ESPN, 8 ET).
How good will Melo’s crew be without Amar’e Stoudemire (out for 6-8 weeks with a knee injury) and Jeremy Lin (now playing in Houston)? Can anyone touch the Heat this season? Our writers weigh in, fact-or-fiction style.
Jim Cavan, KnickerBlogger: Fact. Questions of chemistry aside, the Knicks currently have nothing in the way of reliable scoring options beyond Carmelo Anthony and “the good J.R. Smith” (a truly fragile species). The silver lining here is that Stoudemire’s absence could provide the necessary cover for Mike Woodson to do what many have been clamoring for: Experiment with STAT as an off-the-bench scoring weapon upon his return.
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Beyond his work for KnickerBlogger, Jim is a contributor to the New York Times Off the Dribble NBA blog, ESPN.com, and The Classical. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Silverman, titled "Clownin' and Astoundin.'" Follow him on Twitter @JPCavan.