The Knicks face the Nets in the rain check of their season opener in Brooklyn.
Okay! Almost time for the mid-season season opener, y'all. In case you missed it, the news before tip-off is that Jason Kidd is suffering from back spasms and did not make the "trip". The Knicks were characteristically vague about that info, but we've now learned that Kurt Thomas will start for New York. That means Ronnie Brewer will shift down to the two and likely guard Joe Johnson, while Carmelo Anthony will start at the three for the first time this year. Thomas and Tyson Chandler will match up with Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, which is, if nothing else, a more orthodox approach than we've seen from the Knicks since they lost Amar'e Stoudemire. Beyond the first unit, I guess we should expect to see more J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni than usual.
I've had a bad feeling about this one ever since the Knicks' defense started to slide, and the absence of Kidd doesn't help. Brooklyn's got a way better offense than any of New York's last three opponents, so the Knicks' options are to either suddenly wake back up defensively (and, who knows, maybe a lineup change can spark that) or run up a whole mess o' points.
Should be an exciting one. Two quick, important notes:
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