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Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pelicans- 1/19/15

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Hi! The Knicks are back in the United States and back to playing basketball games. Yuck! Here's what's up tonight:

1. Feel better, Cleanthony, if you are indeed hurt.

2. So yeah, Melo's playing. Amar'e, too, though perhaps on limited minutes. This remains frustrating.

3. The magic of the 2014-2015 Knicks is embodied in that starting lineup: Two guys who combine to make like $100K-200K on their 10-day contracts and one guy who'll make $22.5 million this year who we wish wouldn't play.

4. The 10-days for Amundson and Lance Thomas are up soon.

With no ill feeling whatsoever toward those guys ... I hope the Knicks let them go and dig a little deeper for some more 10-day auditions. Giving minutes to known, proven players doesn't really help anyone at this point.

Who are the Knicks even playing? Who cares? I just looked and apparently it's the Pelicans. Cool. The Sixers and Wolves are getting steamrolled today, and it's in the Knicks' best interest to do the same. Woo!

Tip-off is at 5:30 EST on MSG. This is your game thread. This is The Bird Writes. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in the thread. Knicks.

Update: Oh man, the Pelicans are gonna make this hard.