5 Facts to Know for Knicks-Cavaliers

Winners of four of their last five, the Knicks welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to The Garden tonight.

Coverage begins at 7 PM on MSG, MSG+ and MSG GO.

[Note: MSG+ Will Be Airing A Fantasy Infused Broadcast of Knicks-Cavs]

1 Noah Returns

After serving a suspension to start the season, Joakim Noah is eligible to return back to the Knicks Saturday. The Knicks' center talks about being back and his observations on the team so far.

Joakim Noah returns tonight from his 20-game suspension. It’s unclear how much he will play, but Noah has said he’ll accept any role the team needs him to play.

[Robbins: Humbled Noah Seeking Redemption]

2 War of Words

LeBron James stirred up some controversy this weekend, declaring that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr., who had 21 points against LeBron’s Cavs Saturday, rather than Frank Ntilikina. This did not sit well with the Knicks. Both Kristpas Porzingis and Enes Kanter fired back, with Kanter saying “I don’t care, it doesn’t matter LeBron or whoever it is. I don’t care who. I cannot let anyone disrespect my family like that.”

Ntilikina opted to take the high road. Perhaps he’s waiting to get his vengeance on the court.

3 MVP Showdown

Both Kristaps Porzingis and LeBron James are putting up ridiculous numbers and have established themselves as early-season candidates for league MVP. When these teams met earlier in the season, Porzingis had 32 points and 12 rebounds while LeBron has 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

4 Break the Streak

When the Knicks won in Cleveland last month, they snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Cavs. However, they have still dropped seven in a row at home against Cleveland, with their last win coming on January 30, 2014. If they can’t get it done, these teams don’t play at The Garden again until the last week of the regular season (April 9).

5 Familiar Faces

The Cavaliers have five former Knicks on their roster: Jose Calderon, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith. Tonight would have been Rose’s first game at The Garden since signing with the Cavaliers in the offseason, but Rose will not play due to an ankle injury. Expect another ex-Knick, Shumpert, to start in his place.