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Game Thread: Knicks vs. Nets- 4/2/14

A challenging home stretch begins.

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Good evening! The Knicks have seven games left. Depending on how the Hawks fare henceforth, the Knicks need to win somewhere between most and all of those seven games to make the playoffs. That will be difficult, because none of the games are against easily beaten teams-- for the time being, all the opponents are not only winning teams, but teams that still have reason to win. If you're still hoping the Knicks can make that jump into the postseason, April is judgment month.

Tonight (and again in two weeks): The Nets. The Nets used to be easy to beat, but now they are quite hard to beat-- as hard as any team in the Eastern Conference these days. That turnaround we were hoping for when the Knicks started the season playing like butt happened gradually but almost completely in Brooklyn. Even missing several guys at a time, the Nets have been quite sharp and quite balanced. I watched them confidently handle the Rockets last night and...well, I hope that made them tired.

Injury-wise, the Nets are always kind of a wild card, but they have enough players. Last I've seen, Tim Hardaway Jr. is questionable to play after spraining his ankle Monday night. Everything else is as usual. Amar'e Stoudemire will be in uniform, and I assume he'll start.

Tip-off tonight is at 7. 7, not 7:30. ESPN has a broadcast. I will not be around tonight because, back when I felt certain this game would have absolutely no meaning, I agreed to attend something tonight. Our friend Scott will handle the post-game thread and recap and stuff. I'll catch up later if this game is worth up-catching. As always, please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in the thread.

Nets games tend to get folks a little more excited, so allow me to reiterate: Please be civil. Visitors, please be kind. P&Ters, please be kind to visitors. If you visit NetsDaily, please be kind. If visitors aren't being kind, please do not respond. If there are shitty comments, flag them and move on. Enjoy the game!