Facing off against the 27-14 Indiana Pacers, the New York Knicks look to bounce back after a grueling six-game road trip.
Following an abysmal six-game road trip in which New York (10-31) picked up only a single W, the Knickerbockers are back at home looking to win their 11th game of the season against Indiana (27-14).
Last time out for New York was a brutal blowout at the hands of the Warriors in Oakland. The Knicks lost by 27. It was bad. It was ugly.
As for the Pacers, they’ve quietly put together yet another solid season. Indiana enters tonight’s game having won seven of its last 10 and currently holds the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Key Matchup: Timmy vs Oladipo
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Victor Oladipo will be going at it tonight in the matchup of above average, high-volume scoring shooting guards.
It’ll be interesting to see how the guards perform against one another when matched up, as the two have similar offensive games. Both 2 guards can make a living off their drive game and jumper and are crafty in creating their own shot. Fans can expect this to be among the most intriguing matchups of the night, as we’ll see two similar play styles go at each other.
KOQ Returns to the Garden
We all miss Kyle O’Quinn. He was a good dude. He has a great beard. Let’s watch these highlights of maybe O’Quinn’s best game as a Knick and appreciate how Clyde says the word “serendipity.”
The Race to the Bottom
Once again, the Knicks find themselves near the bottom of the standings in January. Once again, New York’s bright spot is its youth, and primarily the lottery pick it’ll receive. This season, however, the tank is REAL. The Knicks are sitting in the .200’s for win percentage and are headed for a top pick in the lottery.
New York is currently behind only Cleveland and Phoenix for the worst record in the league—and with the basketball they’ve played of late, we could very well see the Knicks surpass them before the season ends. Lottery-wise, a top-three spot is all New York fans can ask for, as this year teams with the three worst records all have the best odds to be awarded first pick.
This tanking is getting tiring, though. Let’s just sign KD.
- Myles Turner (shoulder) is out for tonight’s game.
- Enes Kanter (ate a lot of burgers and missed practice), Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle), and Mitchell Robinson (groin strain) are out for New York, per the team.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. EST and the game’s being broadcast nationally on ESPN so more people can see the indefensible Luke Kornet in action.