With Carmelo Anthony out, the red hot New York Knicks can be beaten. Jeremy Lin will make his not so triumphant return tonight to the city that gave him a chance and James Harden is still good at basketball. After a disparaging defeat North of the boarder, the Rockets will try to get back on course tonight in the concrete jungle where dreams allegedly are made of.
|2012/2013 NBA Season|
|December 17th, 2012|
|Madison Square Garden
|6:30 PM CST
|2011/12 Advanced Stats|
|96.4 (1st of 30)||Pace||90.7 (23rd of 30)|
|106.1 (11th of 30)||ORtg||90.7 (23rd of 30)|
|106.4 (20th of 30)||DRtg||105.5 (17th of 30)|
: bruised right foot, out indefinitely
Carmelo Anthony: sprained left ankle, out tonight
Marcus Camby: plantar fasciitis in left foot, out indefinitely
Iman Shumpert: left knee surgery, out 2-3 months
Rasheed Wallace: sore left foot, questionable tonight
Questions to Consider:
Jeremy Lin feels terrible about his return to New York City. Since his 38 point performance against the Mavs, Lin has played in a robotic, uncreative, and uninspired fashion. What kind of game can we expect from Lin in front of the audience that generated Linsanity?
The Knicks are surprisingly deep team this season and in order to win this game the Rockets are going to have to play some defense. Playing run and gun against Steve Novak and J.R. Smith is not likely to work in Houston's favor. Can the Rockets play any D?
Forget about the injuries. The Knicks are 10-0 at home this season and they have a tendency to step up when the roster thins.The Rockets need to play like a well oiled machine to get a win. Is that likely to happen?