Where: The Palace at Auburn Hills
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Jose Calderon
SF: Kyle Singler
PF: Jonas Jerebko
C: Jason Maxiell
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: James White
PF: Kurt Thomas
C: Tyson Chandler
For the first time this season, the Knicks are in the Motor City tonight to take on what seems to be the only losing team they have defeated with ease this year, the Detroit Pistons.
Of course the big news will be that Carmelo Anthony, with fluid in his right knee, is out tonight and is questionable for the game tomorrow when the Knicks play the Thunder.
Of course, I and the Knicks should not be looking ahead to tomorrow, and should stay focused on the game at hand tonight.
But in all seriousness, is anyone truly worried about this game?
Sure Mike Woodson is obviously trolling everyone by starting Kurt Thomas and James White. But, they will probably play a grand total of 10 minutes before getting reacquainted with the bench.
Now, of course the Pistons, whose defense has been poor since Andre Drummond got hurt, could play above their heads and take advantage of a Knicks team that is 3-4 without Anthony. But, I have my doubts about that one. Add in the fact that Greg Monroe is also out for the Pistons and the odds of the Pistons stealing this game gets a little worse.
It's not everyday the fans, including myself earlier today, hope their best player takes a night off and gets some rest. It doesn't hurt the Knicks have dominated the Pistons in three earlier games this year.
The offense, without Anthony, will rely on Stoudemire, J.R. and Felton to carry the load for the most part. Add to that good three point shooting again from Novak and Kidd, and the Knicks will be just fine.
The Thunder and their juggernaut of a team loom tomorrow back in New York and it will begin a tough two week stretch that will be the biggest test for the Knicks this season.
Losing to the lowly Pistons before that stretch begins would not be a great idea.
Five Questions About Tonight's Game
- How will Amar'e Stoudemire play after breaking his 30 minute limit last game?
- Can J.R. get his three point shot back on track?
- Can Calderon and Knight take advantage of the Knicks poor perimeter defense?
- Will Jason Kidd continue his rebound from a mid-season slump?
- Can Tyson Chandler take advantage of Greg Monroe being out?