The New York Knicks look to extend their winning streak to seven tonight when the Charlotte Bobcats come to Madison Square Garden. Here is what to watch for.
Current Standings – New York: 44-26, 2nd in the Eastern Conference (11.5 games behind Miami, 1st in Atlantic Division (2.5 games ahead of Brooklyn). Charlotte: 17-54, Last in the Eastern Conference (39 games behind Miami)
Injury Update – New York: Rasheed Wallace (out, foot), Amare Stoudemire (out, knee), Tyson Chandler (questionable, knee/neck), Kurt Thomas (out, foot) Charlotte: Brendan Haywood (out, ankle), Ramon Sessions (out, knee)
Previous Meeting - The Knicks won 100-98 in Charlotte back in early December. Carmelo Anthony left the game early after injuring himself diving for a loose ball, but J.R. Smith was able to bail the Knicks out from an embarrassing road loss with this game winner.
What’s at Stake – The Knicks look to keep their league leading six-game winning streak rolling with a very winnable game against the league’s worst team. With the Nets playing a tough road game in Denver and Indiana with the night off, there is a legitimate chance for New York to gain ground on both of those teams.
Key Matchup – Kemba Walker vs. the Knicks backcourt. Walker lit the Knicks up for 25 points and 11 assists in their last meeting and was able to use his quickness to get anywhere on the floor he pleased. If they can limit Walker and force his backcourt mate, Gerald Henderson, to settle for jumpers, the Bobcats simply won’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up with the Knicks.