Where: Madison Square Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Brandon Jennings
SF: Marquis Daniels
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
C: Larry Sanders
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Tonight the New York Knicks are going to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the second and to date last NBA Championship team from the 1972-1973 season.
A team full of talent that included Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere, Jerry Lucas, Dick Barnett and Phil Jackson, they beat the Lakers in five games.
Although the 1970 Knicks have always been the more remembered team with the Willis Reed Injury and dramatic return in Game 7, the 1973 Knicks did not have it easy when winning the title.
They had to go through their three biggest rivals from the 1970's to reach the ultimate goal of winning a championship. The Baltimore Bullets, a series they won in five, the Boston Celtics, a series that went seven games and forced the Knicks to win that final game in Boston and eventually the Lakers who were the defending champs.
The Knicks that year also did something nobody had ever done before when they won Game 7 against the Celtics in Boston, an accomplishment that to this day Clyde loves to mention.
Also tonight, there is an actual basketball game with the current Knicks taking on the Milwaukee Bucks. This Knicks team is one most people feel has the best chance to win a title since 1997 and tonight it goes for its 11th straight win.
The Knicks are coming off a couple of nice wins against 1 1/2 playoff teams in the Shorthanded Heat and the Hawks on the road. Led by the brilliant play of Carmelo Anthony and some clutch fourth quarter play from Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith, the longest winning streak since 1994 stayed alive.
The key for tonight's game against a Bucks team that in the past has given the Knicks trouble the past few years is slowing down Brandon Jennings. Although Jennings has not burned them this year for the most part, he is always capable of a big game and is motivated every time he comes to the Garden.
I will be interested to see how Tyson Chandler plays tonight with his neck clearly still bothering him and if Kenyon Martin, plays. If he does, I hope Woodson has the opportunity to limit his minutes because another injury to a big man would not be a good thing.
The Magic number, thanks to the Nets once again coming up short against a team that is actually good, is down to three. Tonight, in honor of the last Knicks championship team, the Knicks should win tonight and take another step towards hopefully getting to join them as champions later this year.
Enjoy the Game.
Five Questions About Tonight's Game
- Can Melo score 40+ for the 3rd straight game?
- How will Chandler look having to deal with Larry Sanders?
- Can the Knicks continue to keep Brandon Jennings in check?
- Will J.R. build off his strong fourth quarter against Atlanta?
- Can you believe this franchise has gone 40 years without an NBA Championship!?