Game of the day: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

Feb 21, 2012 |
Can Jeremy Lin and Melo make the offense work?
Can Jeremy Lin and Melo make the offense work?
Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks (-5, 187)

THE STORY: Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony finally got on the court together on Monday. The results weren’t so great. The New York Knicks have some hope for the future with Lin directing the offense, but they still need some work on the defensive end. Lin was torched by Deron Williams in the loss to New Jersey on Monday. The Atlanta Hawks are having the opposite problem, with the offense consistently unable to keep pace. The stumbling Hawks have dropped seven of 10 this month while putting up 86.2 points.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SSO (Atlanta), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE HAWKS (19-13): Atlanta could use the All-Star break to get its shooting back together. The Hawks have gone over 90 points twice in the last 10 games and have been held under 80 in dropping each of the last two. Atlanta came back from a 20-point deficit in Chicago on Monday to cut the lead to five but then went the final 3:24 without a point in the 90-79 setback. Joe Johnson was injured late on Monday and will miss the final two games before the break. No one on the team needs a rest more than the All-Star guard, who is shooting 17.2 percent (5 for 29) from 3-point range in the last five games.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (16-17): New York dropped below .500 again with the 100-92 loss to the Nets and have a trip to Miami looming on Thursday. The star has dimmed around “Linsanity” a bit with losses in two of the last three but the early returns with Anthony are good. The All-Star forward returned to the lineup and had no trouble deferring and distributing, finishing with six assists. The Knicks are also attempting to integrate Baron Davis and J.R. Smith into the rotation.


- New York is 7-2 against the spread in its last nine home games.
- The under is 9-3 in Atlanta's last 12.
- New York is 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.


1. The teams split four meetings last season, with New York taking the final two.

2. Knicks G Iman Shumpert (knee) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.
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