The Golden State Warriors will make their annual visit to Madison Square Garden on Monday night when they take on the New York Knicks.
This encounter will be fondly remembered for Stephen Curry's 54-point explosion in 2013, which came almost five years ago to the day.
There's every chance he could torch the Knicks at MSG again as they're once again languishing in mediocrity at this stage of the season.
Any faint hopes they had of making the playoffs were dashed when star player Kristaps Porzingis suffered an ACL injury earlier in the month and was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
In the eyes of Kevin Durant, the absence of the Latvian has taken some of the spice out of this encounter.
“It’s disappointing he got injured,” Durant said, per the New York Post. “He had a great season up to that point and was an All-Star. He’d been playing great.”
The 22-year-old was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game before he got injured and earned his first All-Star selection.
KD was the player who famously nicknamed Porzingis "unicorn" when he was complimenting his skillset when he first entered the league.
“He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, he’s a seven-footer than can shoot all the way out to the three-point line — that’s rare,” Durant said in early 2016. “And block shots — that’s like a unicorn in this league.”
But, unfortunately, Durant will not be able to go up against the power forward and they probably would've been matched up together for large parts of the game.
“When I saw the injury happen, I definitely felt for him and thought about him,” Durant said. “Hopefully he gets back soon and can move past this and continue to have a great career.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is also disappointed that Porzingis is out and hopes to see him back on the floor soon to steer the Knicks in the right direction again.
“He’s the future of the Knicks, obviously,” Kerr said. “It’s such a shame when anybody gets hurt, especially marquee guys who people pay to see. He’s a brilliant talent and great player. We all wish him well.”
With the game sure to be a sell-out and an A-list crowd expected, the Dubs superstars will want to put on a show and that could spell trouble for the home team.
They proved they can turn it on and reminded the rest of the league that they're still the best team in the NBA by crushing the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.
We can expect a similar outcome in the Big Apple against another team wearing blue and orange.News Now - Sport News