Knicks vs Kings: Welcome Home

New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf, right, has words with Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, left, after being taken out during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley)

After splitting a tough four-game road trip against Western Conference opponents, the Knicks return home tonight to face-off against the Sacremento Kings. This is a must win game against a sub-par opponent at home.

On Wednesday the Knicks (21-16) managed to cut a 16-point deficit to two in the third quarter but were not able to take the game over. A bright spot was the play by forward ShawneWilliams, who scored 16 of his career-high 25 points in the third period and hit seven 3-pointers in the second half. Another highlight was fellow reserve Bill Walker, who added 23 points and shot 8 for 11.

The Knicks will need to come out strong and seal the game up by half time. The Kings have history beating the Knicks, they have won the last four meetings at MSG. The Knicks can simply not afford to let the Kings stay in the game.

Keep your eyes on Jason Thomson, Samuel Dalembert, Omri Casspri as well as Carl Landry because they have been linked to many rumors around the league, and some even include the Knicks.

This is a game the Knicks must win.