Superman is in town this Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Knicks will be looking to stop the star, who is rumoured to eventually be on his way to the soon-to-be cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets.
With Dwight’s presence, the Knicks gameplan against the 8-3 Magic will be almost exclusively a plan to stop Howard on offence and limit the way he effects the Knicks with his defense. Of course, with D’Antoni’s coaching coming under question so far this season, this could be a major problem.
Carmelo Anthony is hoping to be back to take on Orlando and, after the Knicks performance without him in OKC, he can’t get back sooner. His appearance will be based on a game-time decision and his likely replacement if injured will be Bill Walker, again.
For a team supposedly in turmoil, with their star player on the verge of an upsetting exit, the Magic are performing very well, with their 8-win record good for first in the Southeast Division.
Tip-off is an hour away and 12 games into the season, this is a win the Knicks really need. A losing record at this point in the season, with this roster, would be ridiculous.