The New York Knicks are now winners of five games in a row and currently holding the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, thanks to their gaudy 15-22 record. There is no reason for the momentum to stop tonight as they travel to Charlotte to face the fading Bobcats, who have lost three straight. Can the Knicks avoid the inevitable let down loss before their showdown with the Pacers on Thursday night?
Tyson Chandler returns to the line-up tonight, likely in limited minutes, to help tune up for Roy Hibbert in a few days. On the other end, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is back for the Bobcats after missing 19 games. Despite being an inconsistent offensive player, MKG is an athletic and aggressive defender who should improve the Bobcats overall.
Charlotte’s leading scorer is Kemba Walker at 18.6 points per game. Center Al Jefferson is back in the line-up after missing a big chunk of the season but is averaging career lows in field goal percentage and points per game. Gerald Henderson can also be dangerous, as he is coming off a season high 30 points against a stingy Chicago Bulls defense.
As for the Knicks, they were able to overcome a 9-24 night from Carmelo Anthony, thanks to 19 points from Ray Felton and 26 points off the bench, primarily from JR Smith and Amare Stoudemire. The most encouraging thing last night was seeing the Knicks overcome a little late game adversity and play smart situational basketball.
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