Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Here are three things to watch for when the Knicks play the Thunder on Christmas Day:
A VERY MELO CHRISTMAS? Will Carmelo Anthony play against Kevin Durant and the Thunder? The Knicks are hoping for a Christmas present when they evaluate Anthony’s sprained left ankle the morning of the game.
Anthony is a game-time decision. If he can’t play, the NBA’s plan of a Christmas Day duel between Carmelo and KD will be foiled. Anthony is as tough as they come, so it will take quite a lot to keep him from playing in a Christmas Day game like this one. But the Knicks have to protect their most important player and risk further injury. They must make sure he is available for the long haul and not just one game.
The Knicks could get Kenyon Martin (abdomen) back. The Knicks will also assess how Martin is feeling in the morning before seeing whether he can suit up. Martin has missed the past five games.
HOme! HOme! HOme! Can the Knicks make it a homestand and avoid being embarrassed in another day game at the Garden? On Saturday, the Knicks lost to Memphis at home in a noon start in which they were killed on the glass.
And earlier this season, the Nets were pummeled by the Spurs and Celtics by 31 and 41 points, respectively, in Sunday afternoon games. Mike Woodson certainly has to hope things don’t turn ugly on Christmas Day before a nationally televised audience.