W2W4: Knicks at Warriors

March, 30, 2014
Mar 30
4:05
PM ET
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight's Knicks-Warriors game:

No splashing: Somehow, the Knicks have managed to keep pace with equally awful Atlanta in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

New York can climb to within one game of the Hawks with a win at Golden State tonight.

If the Knicks have any hope of escaping Oakland with a win, they are going to have to do a better job containing the Warriors' backcourt, more popularly known as the Splash Brothers.

The last time the Knicks faced Golden State, Stephen Curry had a triple-double in the third quarter and finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Counterpart Klay Thompson added 25 points.

Curry is averaging 32.2 points on 52.8 percent shooting in his last five meetings with the Knicks, per STATS LLC. He's made 26 of 41 attempts from 3-point range in those games (63.4 percent).

Thompson has scored 24 points per game in his last two games against New York while making 18 of 35 shots (51.4 percent) and nine of 17 from beyond the arc (52.9 percent).

If they slowed down Curry and Thompson tonight, the Knicks would be reversing a recent trend.

New York has been outscored at both the point guard and shooting guard positions on a per-game basis this season.

On Friday, the Suns' backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe torched the Knicks for a combined 48 points. Dragic, guarded primarily by Raymond Felton, went off for 32.

The Warriors, by the way, have taken 10 of the last 11 home games against the Knicks.

Race for eighth: As bad as the Knicks have been on their West Coast trip, they've managed to stay in the hunt for the eighth spot in the East because Atlanta has been worse.

The Hawks have lost six straight and are just 7-20 since Feb. 1.

If they want to keep pace, the Knicks really need to take one of these next two games on the trip (tonight or Monday vs. Utah) because Atlanta plays the 76ers on Monday. As bad as the Hawks have been, they shouldn't lose that game.

Inside out: The Knicks struggled mightily to defend the paint and rim on Friday. The smaller Suns out rebounded the Knicks, 56-37, and outscored them by 22 in the paint.

Tyson Chandler had a rough night, finishing with one point on 0-for-4 shooting and seven rebounds. The Knicks were outscored by 21 with Chandler on the floor, but he wasn't alone in that plus-minus measure on Friday.

It will be interesting to see if the Knicks' interior defenders can bounce back against Golden State, which may be without David Lee and Andrew Bogut on Sunday.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2