Despite Hurricane Sandy’s best efforts, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will still be playing each other on Wednesday.
The Knicks will take the very short trip to Brooklyn to begin their regular season, and there are most definitely a number of pressing questions about the roster.
News just broke that Amare Stoudemire will miss at least six weeks and could be out for as long as two months, meaning it’s likely we’ll see Carmelo Anthony play a heck of a lot of power forward to begin the season. It may not be his natural position, but Anthony is such a good scorer that he can be effective at any spot on the floor.
Still, Stoudemire’s injury is a blow, as that means more minutes for veterans like Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas, both of whom are well past their primes and offer little other than experience and defensive presence.
To fill the void offensively, the Knicks will need to get even more out of Anthony, while J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton will need to score at a decent clip as well.
It will be interesting to see how New York fares in their opener, considering the Nets have made some big changes to their roster as well. It’s going to be tough for the Knicks to contain both Deron Williams and Joe Johnson out on the perimeter.
Nonetheless, we’ve come to learn that whenever you count out New York, they come out and really surprise people. The Knicks could easily get the win tonight, but it will come down to Felton’s execution of the offense, as well as Anthony and Tyson Chandler’s presence in the post. New York could dominate the inside since Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez are far from good defenders.
Only hours remain until we see if the Knicks can start off the season in the right fashion.