Here's what I'll be watching for:
- JEREMY LIN AND AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE'S CHEMISTRY!
- Amar'e Stoudemire has only played one game with Linsanity as we now know him, so tonight's game is sort of a meet-and-greet of sorts. Stoudemire may be a bit rusty as he hasn't played in over a week and is likely still mourning the loss of his brother. Lin, meanwhile, has had two days rest and made Jared Jeffries look pretty nice in the pick-and-roll, so adding in Amar'e should be a welcome change.
- Simply said, Bill Walker's been pretty terrible the last few games, while Steve Novak has excelled in his new found place in the rotation. Novak is averaging 15.5 ppg, shooting 52.4% from downtown, and grabbing 4.5 rpg in his last 4 games - all Jeremy Lin starts. Though Novak can still be considered a bit of a defensive liability out there, there's no doubt he helps the offense more than Bill Walker.
- Make no mistake, the Knicks' win over the Wolves last Saturday probably wouldn't happen without Shumpert's and Fields's contributions on offense/ Both had terrific games, wisely choosing their spots on offense, playing solid defense, and getting big baskets down the stretch. The Knicks are a much better team when both guys step up and play their best. Consistency is the key here for young players.