The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors are both coming off losses Friday night. The Knicks went across the bridge to the Barclays Center to face their rivals Brooklyn Nets, while the Golden State Warriors were having a showdown of their own in Atlanta. That was the best in the West versus the best in the East, which the Hawks came out on top in that match up. Both teams will be playing the second of a back to back, and the Warriors might not be in the best of moods tonight after falling to the Hawks.
Friday night in Brooklyn, the Knicks welcomed back forward Amar'e Stoudemire to the lineup after playing his last game on January 24th against the Hornets. Amar'e played 18 minutes, scoring nine points. He was a bit rusty and off on his game, which was expected. Rookie Langston Galloway had a good game with nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 21 points in 36 minutes but struggled to find his shot, going 6 of 23 from the field. Lance Thomas continues to give the Knicks some punch off the bench, scoring in double-figures again with 14 points.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, it was a showcase of the two best records in the NBA and maybe an NBA Finals preview between the Hawks and the Warriors. It was a high scoring game as both teams love to run up and down the court and shoot the three. Atlanta outlasted the Warriors, 124-116. The Splash Brothers were on display giving everyone a preview of what might be to come when they face each other next week in the three-point shootout, both making four from beyond the arc. Klay finished with 29 points and Steph finished with 26 points, but it was not enough as the Hawks did what they have been doing all season long which is win big games and do it with a total team effort. Atlanta had seven guys scoring in double-figures, led by Jeff Teague's 23 points and Paul Millsap's 21. Both will be All-Stars in next week’s game, including center Al Horford.
Tonight's matchup, the Knicks will have to play at their own pace and try to limit what Golden State loves to do, and that's play at a fast pace, shoot the three and run you out of the gym. New York will have to limit their turnovers and pound the glass in order to give them the best chance to win this game. It's unclear if Amar'e Stoudemire will play tonight since it's the second of a back to back. They may sit him out to rest. Carmelo has been missing some of their back t0 back games but may elect to play this one with only a couple of games remaining before the All-Star break.
Tipoff is at 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time at Madison Square Garden.