The New York Knicks have actually been a good basketball team in 2014. Winners of their last four and five of their last six, they have moved to 14-22 and in the playoff mix in the ever-putrid Eastern Conference. Tonight they will host the overachieving Phoenix Suns, owners of a surprising 21-15 record. The Knicks may be catching the Suns at the right time, as they’ve lost three of their first four games on their current road trip.
Phoenix is usually led by rising star Eric Bledsoe but he has been out of the line-up lately due to injury. Gordan Dragic is the team’s leading scorer with 19.0 PPG and a 20.7 PER. The speedy Dragic will be a handful for the Knicks backcourt. It will be interesting to see if/how frequently Mike Woodson goes to Toure Murry for defensive purposes tonight. Gerald Green (yes, that Gerald Green) is putting together a productive season for the Suns with 13.4 PPG, 14.9 PER. Ex-Knick Channing Frye is back and healthy, scoring 11.9 PPG and grabbing 5.4 RPG.
JR Smith played his smartest and most efficient game of the season Saturday night in Philadelphia. Did the discipline really pay off or was it a one game fluke? He should be back to regular rotation minutes tonight at MSG, where his crowd reception should be interesting. Carmelo Anthony has been playing his best basketball of the season lately and there is no reason he should slow down tonight, particularly if Green gets the assignment to cover him. Amare Stoudemire will look to follow up his 21 point in 22 minute performance against Philly with another strong performance, as he is becoming more and more productive off the bench.
Tyson Chandler and Beno Udrih are game time decisions for the Knicks. With another game on deck tomorrow, it wouldn’t be surprising if both sat out. Make sure to follow our Aaron Jacobs and Kevin Smith, both of whom will be in attendance tonight. We’ll also offer commentary on our site’s Twitter account and have our recap up here after the game as usual.