Amare Stoudemire will sit out tonight's game in Sacto to rest his sprained ankle.I won't be available to watch the game tonight, but something tells me this one may be ugly. The Knicks are extremely thin with Amar'e and Jeffries out, so who starts? Steve Novak? Josh Harrellson? Novak stretches the floor on offense, but doesn't rebound or defend very well. Harrellson doesn't have much offense, but he can rebound and defend.
I'll give a little preview of tonight's game in this section:
- The Kings' backcourt of Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, and Jimmer Fredette, just seems destined to burn the Knicks. Historically, athletic youngsters with knacks for scoring like those guys have given the Knicks fits.
- It's going to be the Melo show tonight, as the offense is going to run completely through him, and he really is the only guy outside of maybe Toney Douglas who can score 20 points. In the past two games, the Knicks have only mustered an average of 80 points; how will they fare without their second best scorer?
- Another Knick nemesis in the past has been JJ Hickson (who has an oddly intertwined NBA career with Stoudemire). With the Knicks already lacking reliable power forwards, he might go all Kevin Love tonight.
That's about it. Sorry it's so short, blokes; I've got a busy day and night ahead of me. Enjoy the game! Comment on here if you wish to share details of the game, or expectations, or simply want to groan about the Knicks! Happy New Year, ya'll!