To start things off there are two relatively large pieces of news that will affect night’s game; the first of which is sad new as Amar’e Stoudemire will miss tonight’s game, and possibly more to tend to some family issues following the untimely death of his brother in a car accident today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amar’e Stoudemire and his family during these tough times.
The other news, which is on a much lighter note, is that point guard Jeremy Lin, who is coming off of a impressive performance albeit against the New Jersey Nets, will start tonight against the Jazz. Lin gives the Knicks a better true point guard that will help them greatly in the front court. With Stoudemire out, that may weaken the potential for an effective pick and roll game however Lin’s mere presence in the starting lineup should help the Knicks get off to a better start offensively.
The now shorthanded Knicks will be in tough tonight against the Utah Jazz. Perhaps if the Knicks can bring some of the energy they showed over the weekend they can attempt to steal one against a very solid Utah Jazz ballclub