NBA power rankings: Lin gives Knicks a boost

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It will really be Lin-sanity if the Knicks knock off Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the Garden on Friday night.

Behind Jeremy Lin's surprising play, the Knicks have defeated the Nets, Jazz and Wizards in their last three games. But without Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, they now they have to contend with a Laker team that has Bryant and two All-Star quality big men in Andrew Bynum, a first-time All-Star selection this season, and Pau Gasol, who won't be going to Orlando to play in the All-Star game in two weeks.

The Lakers always have trouble with quick guards, and they had to go overtime Thursday to beat the Celtics in Boston. So it's a quick turnaround for a lot of older legs on the visiting team.

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NBA power rankings: Lin gives Knicks a boost