First and foremost, let’s all share in a moment of reflection in sending our deepest condolences and sympathies to Amar’e Stoudemire, whose older brother was tragically killed early this morning in a car accident. Needless to say, Amar’e flew immediately down to his native Florida to be with family, and thus will not suit up for tonight’s contest.
Jared Jeffries will get the nod in place of Stat. Meanwhile, on the heels of his rousing 25 point, seven assist performance on Saturday, Jeremy Lin will make his much-anticipated first career start tonight against the Jazz. Circumstances being what they are, Lin’s spotlight-hewn night certainly won’t hold the same level of excitement that it might have. The most we can — and should — hope for now is a solid performance capable of lending a sliver of a silver lining to an otherwise tragic day.
Let’s win this one for Amar’e, and the entire Stoudemire family.