Here are a few things to keep an eye on during this afternoon’s Knicks-Grizzlies game: Going big? Now that Tyson Chandler is healthy, the Knicks will go with a big front line of Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony. This is the lineup the Knicks played earlier in the year before Chandler fractured his fibula. And it hadn’t fared well in limited minutes. In the 54 minutes that Chandler, Bargnani and Anthony shared the floor, the Knicks averaged 98.
Taking no chances after the last two noon games the Knicks played at home resulted in their two most lopsided losses of the season turned, endangered coach Mike Woodson planned to have the entire team holed up together at an area hotel Friday night before Saturday’s 12 p.m. against Memphis at the Garden.
After clearing the air with Mike Woodson over his availability, Amar’e Stoudemire declared that he’s “without a doubt” playing Saturday against Memphis at the Garden. “I’m ready to go. I have a few days of rest and I feel great,” Stoudemire said after practice Friday in Greenburgh.
The injury-ridden Los Angeles Lakers already have spent so much time playing without Kobe Bryant, losing him again for an extended period won’t take them in uncharted territory.
Highlights of Friday’s National Basketball Association games.
The Pacers responded to Friday night’s challenge like a champion.
Evan Turner sank a driving layup at the buzzer in overtime to give the 76ers the win on a night when the Nets seemed halfhearted and hurt themselves.
Kyrie Irving, who had been ill for two days, played 43 minutes as Cleveland beat Milwaukee in overtime.
Markieff Morris scored 25 points and Gerald Green added 19, helping the Phoenix Suns rally for a 103-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in overtime Friday night, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-108.
Even when the Sacramento Kings did things right, they stood little chance against the Miami Heat.
Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Highlights of Friday’s early National Basketball Association games.
Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally by the Charlotte Bobcats, who overtook the Detroit Pistons 116-106 on Friday night after trailing by as many as 20.
Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Coach Mike Woodson was planning to have the team spend Friday night in a hotel in an effort to avoid another weekend afternoon massacre like those in the last two such games.
Despite being born without a left hand and forearm, Zach Hodskins has a guaranteed roster spot with Florida next season, an affirmation of his basketball skill from a college powerhouse.
The Nets plan to move their basketball operations to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a final step in their move out of New Jersey.