Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder 7:30 12/16/2017 [Game #29]


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(14-14) -- (15-13)

Madison Square Garden, New York, NYMSG7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

Oklahoma City ThunderNew York Knicks
No injuries to reportTim Hardaway Jr. - Stress injury, lower left leg (OUT)
-Kristaps Porzingis - Sore left knee (QUEST)

Game Preview

NEW YORK -- Coming off arguably his team's most important win of the season, Carmelo Anthony makes his return to Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On Friday, the Thunder edged Philadelphia in a triple-overtime thriller, with Anthony scoring 24 points -- his highest-scoring output in more than a month -- in a 119-117 win. The victory sets up a crucial battle between two hot teams, as Oklahoma City has won three of four and six of its last eight games, while New York has won three straight and four of five.

One prominent Knick might not be part of Anthony's welcoming party: leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis exited the team's 111-104 win at Brooklyn on Thursday night with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day with knee soreness and is questionable for the matchup.

Even if an absent Porzingis takes away some of the thunder from the game, Anthony and his new squad should make up for it. Anthony told Thunder reporters earlier in the week that he was eagerly awaiting his MSG return.

"I'm excited to go back and play in the Garden," Anthony said. "Play in front of those fans. Play in front of my family, my friends. But at the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there. Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It's a little bit special for me."

The Knicks expect a warm reception for their former team captain, who was traded to Oklahoma City in September for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick.

"I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don't see why they would not receive him with love," Porzingis told ESPN on Thursday.

Asked if he expected the MSG crowd to boo Anthony, who helped lead New York (15-13) to its first division title in 19 years in the 2012-2013 season and averaged nearly 25 points per game in his six-plus-year stint with the Knicks, forward Lance Thomas said he was not anticipating jeers.

"I don't think they will (boo Anthony)," Thomas said. "I don't think he deserves to be booed. But you never know."

Knicks fans may just be happy enough with the haul they got back from the Thunder (14-14) to harbor any ill will. McDermott has been a valuable bench player for New York, and Kanter has been downright terrific, averaging 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds with 12 double-doubles on the year. His gritty defense in the post has freed Porzingis to take more risks, and Porzingis ranks third in the NBA in blocked shots per game (2.08).

After showing up to the team's 111-107 win over Atlanta on crutches -- and leaving on crutches, as well, the after-effects of a knee to the hip two days prior -- Kanter drew rave reviews from his teammates.

"He's the first guy I've ever seen come to a game on crutches and still start the game and he's about to leave on crutches," Jarrett Jack said. "I've never seen that before in my 13 years in the league."

( via STATS)


Indy fans were merciless in booing PG in Indy, it was pretty bad even booing him during the game and not just in the introductions. I will be stunned if they boo Melo in the Garden tonight. Pretty sure he'll get a nice reception by the crowd during the introduction. Horn has been good with his substitutions all season, I'd like to see him start Frank against Russ tonight and see if he can lock him down.
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?The Knicks were 31-51 last season. After 28 games last season, they had the same 15-13 record they have this year. They won their next game to go 16-13, and then the season took a turn for the worse. They fell below .500, had no winning streaks, and continued downard for the rest of the season.?

I hope the fans treat Melo with respect. Even if they feel he doesn?t deserve their praise, let?s be classy and show the rest of the NBA that we take te high road. Melo got beat down enough last year bc of PHil.... give the man applause and salute him for his time as a NYK.... no reason to throw Cheerios at CA.


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rummmmbllllllle in the garden tonight! unicorn will be cheerleading from the sideline.
let's get some revenge!
it will be tough without the KP and without the timmy, but hopefully we can wear them down (thank you philly - i can't believe i actually just said that) down the stretch. make them play hard, they will likely run out of gas.


Thanks for the Great Game Thread Rady .... whatever reaction the crowd gives Melo visit to MSG good or bad Melo earned it .. I'm happy the Melo trade got us Kanter .. The tandem of Kanter mentoring 22 yr old KP in the starter lineup has turned out well for the Knicks club.
Tonight game will be on how coach Horn take advantage of a opponent who played 3 overtime last night in their game VS the 7ers
Nice job by the Knicks organization and MSG to put together that Melo video tribute at his starting lineup introduction. Right way to do things. Everyone gets to feel good.


Dakari Johnson, Collison and Huestis as subs no wonder OKC can't win. Abrines who is in the rotation is the best sub they got and he's nothing to write home about.[SUB]​[/SUB]


OKC is tired, Westbrook is coasting so far. Lulling the Knicks to sleep, if its close I'd expect him to turn on the jets in the second half.


Westbrook misses a layup, he's having a subpar year. Missed a couple of dunks and 3 layups yesterday in the 4th qtr also.