It will be a Sunday afternoon matchup between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors that will rock the Madison Square Garden. The historic building will play host to a game that has more implications than you may think for an early march matchup.
It will be the Warriors who are coming off of their first back-to-back losses since April of 2015. Their most recent loss came at the hands of the sporadic Bulls on Thursday night. That 94-87 loss was mainly attributed to the poor shooting performances from Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, who combined to shoot 3 of 22 on 3-pointers. They are a total of 11 of 64 from 3-point range during the first three games on this five game road trip. These long road trips can mean a lot more than just hoping on a plane for NBA players. A behind-the-scenes look gives us a better understanding of what goes into a long road trip.
The big story of the Warriors right now is the absence of star forward Kevin Durant. His injury has sparked pandemonium around the league as to what the Warriors are going to do without him, and they didn’t start very well. The Warriors will need to shut the comments out and take control of each game. Klay and Steph are both capable of MVP type numbers and they have proved that. Now it is time for them to take control of the team again and step back into that groove they were in last year. If they can’t find that groove again, the Warriors will be in trouble.
The Knicks on the other hand, have a huge opportunity on their hands. They will be playing a struggling Warriors team while they sit only five games back of the 8th playoff spot in the east. This may come as a surprise as the Knicks sit 12 games under .500 this season at 25-37.
For the Knicks, the focus needs to be on keeping Klay and Steph cold. Contesting every shot and never losing shooters is what the Bulls focused on in their win over Golden State. It will take this and some great scoring from the Knicks as the Warriors have only been held under 100 points this season twice. So, defense is key and scoring will have to come in bunches if the Knicks want to steal a win today after dropping a tough one to Philadelphia last time out.
Today’s game will come down to how well the “Splash Brothers” shoot. I predict that Steph Curry will break out today and have a huge 40 point performance. It will be Porzingis followed by Carmelo who lead the charge for the Knicks today, but all for naught and Steph and company get back in the win column with a 12 point win.
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