OAKLAND CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ronny Turiaf #14 of the New York Knicks reacts after the Knicks scored a basket against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on November 19 2010 in Oakland California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Energizing center Ronny Turiaf will make his return tonight from his latest knee sprain after a four-game absence, and it's perfect timing. Kevin Love is invading the Garden.
This will be the first Love match for the Knicks since the Timberwolves' glass cleaner posted his historic 31-31 double-double on Nov. 12 against them -- the first 30-30 game since Moses Malone did it in 1982.
Turiaf missed that game, too, with knee soreness. But he doesn't sound too worried about Love.
"I'm looking forward to winning a game," Turiaf said. "I'm not looking forward to playing against Kevin Love. Kevin Love isn't the guy who makes my heart beat. I like the way he plays. He does the dirty work. I'll try to prevent that."
It remains to be seen whether Turiaf returns to the starting lineup or comes off the bench, but either way, I think we can expect a heavy dose of Wilson Chandler. Wil has the best shot at containing Michael Beasley (who was as deadly as Love in the last game, not to mention twice as obnoxious) and also brings some extra rebounding to the floor.
So, yeah. It's great to have Turiaf back, assuming he's ready to go. In other news, I hereby declare the comment section of this post a contest to see who can come up with a "Love" headline cheesier than the Post's.
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