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W2W4: Knicks vs. Rockets

11/14/2013

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Thursday's Knicks-Rockets game:

He's baaaack: Jeremy Lin will play his second game in Madison Square Garden since the Knicks decided to let him go to Houston in the summer of 2012.

Here's a quick refresher on Linsanity: After being cut twice and sent to the D-League, the Harvard grad came off the end of the Knicks' bench to average 18.2 points in 25 starts for New York in 2012.

He's had his struggles with the Rockets, but comes into Thursday's game red hot. Lin had 34 points and 12 assists in the Rockets' loss to the Sixers on Wednesday. In his past two games, Lin has scored 65 points on 20-for-36 shooting but has turned it over 13 times.

Will Harden play? James Harden will likely be a game-time decision due to a bruised foot. If he sits out, that would be a blessing for the Knicks. Harden had 61 points in two games against the Knicks last season. Houston won both games by a combined 41 points.

Inside job: The Knicks fulfilled owner James Dolan's guarantee when they won in Atlanta on Wednesday night. The only thing guaranteed about Thursday's game is that the Knicks will have their hands full in the paint.

With Dwight Howard inside and penetration from Harden, the Rockets are scoring 49.1 points in the paint per game.

Paint defense has been an issue for the Knicks with Tyson Chandler out.

New York allowed 56 paint points to the Hawks on Wednesday. The Knicks gave up 44 points in the paint on Sunday in a 31-point loss to San Antonio.

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