2013 Game Thread: Knicks @ Trailblazers

Well, this is quite a fun match-up tonight. Melo is out for tonight’s game. In addition, the Knicks’ resident medical expert on Tyson Chandler’s knee, Tyson Chandler, has decided that Tyson Chandler will be out for tonight’s game, as well (thank goodness it is not a worse knee injury).

The Knicks’ starting lineup is Felton, Shumpert, Copeland, Thomas and Martin. Looking on the bright side, at least James White is not starting!

A few things to look forward to:

1. How mad will the Portland fans be at Felton?
2. Felton guarding Damian Lillard.

TNT must be thrilled that they’re televising this game nationally.

Let’s go Knicks!

2013 Game Thread: Knicks @ Nuggets

If you are an NBA star and you have to return to the arena of the team that you spurned to get to another team, it is pretty damn sweet that said return was put off by more than two years. It is really kind of crazy when you think about it that Melo has not returned to Denver to play against the Nuggets yet despite being traded over two years ago. This is JR Smith’s first game back in Denver, as well.

As many folks have noted, knowing how crazy this season has been, it will not be surprising at all if the Knicks kick the Nuggets’ ass. Sadly, said craziness means that it would not be surprising if the reverse occurs.

Whatever the results, I am pleased to finally be able to discuss the Melo trade here.

Let’s go Knicks!

2013 Game Thread: Knicks @ Warriors

The Knicks will get a chance to go two for two against Steph Curry and the Warriors tonight in Oakland, only this time around they’ll apparently have Carmelo Anthony back in uniform (the Warriors will also have David Lee back).

Curry went off on the Knicks last time around, and you better believe that the Knick backcourt will bend over backwards to keep that from happening again tonight.

Glad to see Melo back. Hopefully he’s healthy! A tough 5-game road trip begins tonight, let’s hope that the Knicks go 3-2 on the trip.

Let’s go Knicks!

2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks @ Pistons

With Melo out for tonight’s game, the Knicks are lucky that they’re playing the Detroit Pistons who are missing star rookie Andre Drummond and look lost. The Spurs just beat the Pistons by something like 154 points, so hopefully the Knicks will have an easy time tonight before they begin a tough stretch of games against Western Conference teams.

Mike Woodson likely feels that the Knicks are empowered by fan outrage, so he’s decided to start Kurt Thomas at the other forward spot instead of putting Amar’e into the starting lineup. Yes, the New York Knicks in 2013 are starting James White and Kurt Thomas at the two forward spots. Hilariously awesome (or awesomely hilarious? I can’t decide).

Let’s go Knicks!

2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavaliers

After a disappointing loss against the Heat on Sunday, the Knicks have to regroup to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight. Annoyingly, Cavs star point guard Kyrie Irving is back and will start tonight against the Knicks. The Knicks’ backcourt will have their work cut out for them, but I would like to think that the Knicks will take the past success of opposing point guards to heart and really step it up tonight.

This is a relatively big game, just in the sense that you always want to follow up a disheartening loss with a win. The Knicks really need to put a beat down on these Cavs.

Let’s go Knicks!

2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Heat

Talk about a major showdown! The Knicks have taken both meetings against the Miami Heat this season, winning both match-ups by over 20 points each. And yet the way that the media has been covering today’s game, you would think that those two games just don’t matter at all. Well, the best way for the Knicks to show the Heat that those games do matter is by winning today on national television.

The Heat enter today’s game with thirteen straight victories. I don’t know about you all, but that fact actually gives me a little irrational confidence for this game. After all, odds are they’re going to have to lose some time, right? So why not today? With the Indiana Pacers playing the Chicago Bulls later today, a win could see the Knicks return to sole possession of the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference (interestingly enough, currently the #6 seed is the Brooklyn Nets. Imagine a Knicks/Nets first round series? That’d be a blast, but I’d rather see the Knicks avoid it and play the Celtics instead).

The improved play recently of JR Smith has been a bit of a revelation, as the Knicks really seem to live and die by whether they get strong guard play. They did so early in the season and they haven’t had it very often since, but if JR Smith is good again, then the Knicks can beat any team in the league.

Okay, the Knicks have the big stage, let’s see them show everyone that they belong here.

Let’s go Knicks!