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Game Thread: Knicks at Wizards- 2/8/12

Evening, daffodils! The Knicks are in our nation's Wizards basketball capital, Washington D.C., to face-- you guessed it-- the Wizards. Those Wizards had lost four straight games for beating the Raptors on Monday, and they're 5-20 overall, which is less wins and more losses than they were probably hoping to have at this point in the season.

The Knicks, of course, aren't quite as prepared to beat the Wizards as they'd usually be. Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will both be missing from tonight's game, which means that Jeremy Lin will not only have to guard John Wall, but pretty much weave the entire Knicks offense with his bare hands yet again. And he'll probably be doing it against a defense (albeit a pretty bad one) looking to trap and double him at every opportunity.

Speaking of Wall, this is of course the first match-up between the two since Lin made a (bigger) name for himself by battling the first pick in the 2010 Summer League in Vegas. I was at that game, and it was both my first glimpse of Lin's skills (though I'll confess to being way more into Moussa Seck at the time) and his devoted following (The place was packed and people were BAWLING in the audience. I'm not exaggerating.) So, uh, yeah. This should be cool, and hopefully Lin's up for the task, somebody else will step up to provide offense, and the Knicks can figure out a way to take the most winnable of the three more games they'll play without Stoudemire.

This here's your thread to comment along and Bullets Forever is a superb Wizards blog to check out. As always, please do not post photos, .gifs, illegal streams, or links to rabbit breeder directories in the thread. Tip-off's at 7 sharp.