Good evening! First, the news:
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) is out tonight. Lance Thomas will "more than likely" replace him in the starting lineup, per Coach Fisher.— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 13, 2016
That seems wise. It sounds like Melo's relatively fine, and the Knicks don't play again til Saturday. So this gives him a head start on what will hopefully be a long enough period to get the ankle right.
Meanwhile: The Nets! They're hurt, they're in disarray, and they've been losing a lot. Could they sneak up and beat the Melo-less Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back? I dunno, maybe. I hope not! I like to think that if New York carries over the energy and clarity they've shown over the last week or two, and if Arron Afflalo and/or Kristaps Porzingis and/or Anybody assumes some of the scoring and playmaking burden, they can beat the Nets pretty easily. We shall see!
Tip-off is at 7:30 on MSG. This is your game thread. This is Nets Daily. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams. Please be kind to Knicks fans and Nets fans alike, and if someone posts disruptive comments, please just ignore them. I'll be watching this game on DVR, but Joe and MattRW will take care of you tonight. Go the Knicks!