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Game #24: Jeremy Lin returns to New York City

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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.

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December 17th, 2012
Madison Square Garden
6:30 PM CST
NBATV
Starting Lineups
Jeremy Lin PG Raymond Felton
James Harden SG Jason Kidd
Chandler Parsons SF Ronnie Brewer
Marcus Morris PF Chris Copeland
Omer Asik C Tyson Chandler
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)

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Injuries:

Patrick Patterson: 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?