D’Angelo Russell and the Kenny Atkinson-coached Nets host the “undefeated” Knicks in New York’s second preseason tuneup game.

After a long offseason of stories, rumors, draft picks, trades, and wondering what the hell was going to happen with Joakim Noah, Knicks basketball is back, and off to a good start. In a rare occurrence for the preseason, New York’s exhibition match against the Wizards went to overtime and ended with a 124–121 win for the good guys. Just like that, the Knicks are undefeated.

New York will look to carry on their good start tonight against their crosstown “rivals,” the Brooklyn Nets. Unlike the Knicks, Brooklyn has yet to play their first preseason game and will get their first unofficial action of the new season against New York tonight.

It’ll be interesting to see where Coach Fizdale switches up the starting five against the Nets after installing a lineup of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, and Enes Kanter on Monday. Whichever players are out there during tip-off tonight could give us a clue as to whether that lineup will start the regular season—or if Fizdale is just experimenting with rotations at this point.

The starting small forward against the Wizards and future rookie of the year (speak it into existence), Kevin Knox, had an encouraging outing in his first game as a Knickerbocker. While he began the game a bit inconsistent, Knox picked up as the game went along and finished with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting as well as collecting 10 boards.

With a game under his belt, Knox will likely be more comfortable out there against Brooklyn. Hopefully, we’ll see some of that volume scoring we saw flashes of against Washington.

Another player I’ll be watching out for tonight is Mario Hezonja. While he had a few nice plays last time out, his overall game was pretty inconsistent. He was sloppy with the ball, picking up five turnovers throughout the matchup in D.C. All we can hope for is that we see more of this:

As for the Nets, they’ll be looking to see how D’Angelo Russell performs after being in and out of the lineup with injuries last season. Having only played 48 games, D-Lo ended the 2017–18 campaign averaging 15.5 points per game along with 5.3 assists. Russell is rumored to have drastically improved his game over the offseason, so Nets fans’ eyes will be locked on him tonight.

Injuries:

  • Courtney Lee (neck sprain) is questionable for tonight’s game. He missed Monday’s match.
  • Ron Baker (rubbed saliva in his eye on Monday, for some reason) is expected to play.