Join us for live news and analysis Friday at 4:30 p.m. when the Warriors visit Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks in a much-anticipated game.
The matchup itself, pitting the 4-1 Warriors against the 1-4 Knicks isn’t much appealing on its surface, especially with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis still out with a knee injury. And even the allure of the two-time defending champion Warriors themselves isn’t what excites Knicks fans the most.
The real allure is free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant’s only visit to MSG and New York’s only chance to show the Warriors star how much it and its fans want him to sign there.
While Durant dodges questions all day, the Warriors will be focused on trying to kick off their three-game road trip with a third straight victory.
Then, there’s the subplot of Stephen Curry’s one trip to the Garden each year. Once upon a time, Knicks fans obsessed over the former Davidson star as they hoped he’d be drafted by the Knicks. It didn’t help that a couple years later Curry turned in his most prolific scoring night ever in New York — a 54-point performance that he nearly topped Wednesday.
Curry scored a whopping 51 points Wednesday in a win over the Wizards, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Curry seemed as good as he’s ever been while shooting 15-of-24, including 11-of-16 on an array of ridiculously deep 3-pointers.
After Friday night, the Warriors will remain in New York and take on pesky Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C Damian Jones
PF Draymond Green
SF Kevin Durant
SG Klay Thompson
PG Stephen Curry
C Enes Kanter
PF Lance Thomas
SF Frank Ntilikina
SG Tim Hardaway Jr.
PG Trey Burke