“Coming home, coming home, tell the world that I’m coming home.” Yes, this is, indeed, the Enes Kanter comes home game!
Kanter and the rest of the Trailblazers (including Carmelo Anthony) come to the Garden for the first of two back-to-back matinees, which seems kind of unusual, no?
In any event, the Blazers are seriously shorthanded right now, as they played their last game with only one of their regular starting five healthy (Center Jusuf Nurkic and Shooting guard CJ McCollum will both be out for an extended period of time, Derrick Jones is dealing with a knee injury and the great Dame Lillard, the Blazers’ best player, is day to day). However, the Blazers still won that game, on the road, against a very good Sixers team (that was also dealing with its own health problems, but still), so the Blazers are dangerous no matter what.
The shorthanded Blazers beat the Knicks in Portland recently, a game in which Portland was winning handedly until Immanuel Quickley exploded in the fourth quarter to make the Blazers’ sweat.
One of the things that we have seen this year is that the second time the Knicks play a team, Thibs will often have an amazing game plan set for the next game, so couple the Blazers’ health issues with Thibs’ game plan and the fact that this is a matinee (which are always weird), I think the Knicks have a very good chance of getting within two games of .500!
10-13 is already much more respectable than I could have hoped for the Knicks after 23 games, 11-13 after 24 would be even better!
Let’s go climb closer to .500, Knicks!