Monday, April 15, 2013
W2W4: Knicks at Bobcats
By Ian Begley
Monday's game in Charlotte is going to have a "last day of school” feel to it.
The Knicks would rather be done with the regular season and on to the playoffs. But they are contractually obligated to play the Bobcats. So here are a few things to keep an eye on; tipoff's at 7 p.m.:
WHO'S IN? WHO'S OUT? With the No. 2 seed and Atlantic Division title wrapped up, the Knicks have nothing left to accomplish in the regular season. So Monday's game will give healthy players a chance to rest and injured players an extra day to heal.
Carmelo Anthony said Sunday that he plans to sit out of the Charlotte game. And he could use the rest. During the Knicks' 13-game win streak, he averaged 36 minutes per game. That's not an exorbitant figure, but don't forget: Anthony isn't far removed from having fluid drained from his knee. He has looked strong since the procedure, but a little rest never hurts.
J.R. Smith, who hasn't missed a game all season, could also use a breather. Same goes for Raymond Felton, who injured his knee late in the Chicago game on Thursday.
As for the injured Knicks, big men Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Tyson Chandler (neck) will not make the trip but are expected back for the postseason. Marcus Camby (plantar fascia) is not expected to play but also should be available for the playoffs.
SHEED SIGHTING? There's a possibility that Rasheed Wallace could play against Charlotte. Wallace hasn't played since Dec. 13 due to a stress fracture in his left foot. He had surgery to repair the fracture in late February.
He recently started running and Mike Woodson said Sunday that if Wallace feels OK on Monday morning, there's a chance that he could play against Charlotte.
"We're just going to gauge it and see how he feels ... and go from there," Woodson said.
SCORING RACE: Entering play Monday, Anthony leads Kevin Durant by 0.6 points per game for the scoring title. Durant's Thunder play the Kings on Monday night. If Durant scores 71 against Sacramento, he'll pass Anthony with one game to play.
If Anthony sits out the Knicks' final two regular-season games, Durant will need to score a total of 99 points to win the title.